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Evaluation of community food co-ops pilot in Wales

Elliott, Eva, Parry, Odette and Ashdown-Lambert, Joan 2006. Evaluation of community food co-ops pilot in Wales. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series, vol. 85. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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In the UK and other major economies in the world there are concerns about the impact of poor diet on ill health and the main causes of mortality. Furthermore these impacts are not evenly distributed and widening inequalities in health are strongly correlated with socio-economic inequalities. The Welsh Assembly Government’s Food and Well Being Strategy has a stated commitment to tackling inequalities in health and the community food co-operatives pilot, funded by the Assembly’s Inequalities in Health Fund, fits with objectives that relate to reducing local barriers to the uptake of healthy diets particularly within low income groups. The model used for the co-ops originates from one developed by the Rural Regeneration Unit based in Cumbria that also managed the pilot in Wales, discussed here. The pilot funded two Food Development Workers who connected volunteers, in the pilot areas, to local suppliers of fruit and vegetables. Bags of pre-ordered produce would be sold to local people at a local community venue at £2 a bag. This report presents the findings from the evaluation of this pilot using a ‘theories of change’ approach to assess how programme objective resonated with people living in different geographical communities with access to a range of public sector, voluntary and community based resources. Findings from the evaluation provided insights into how the food co-ops worked, the difficulties they encountered and solutions they developed, the benefits to individuals, communities and suppliers, and provided recommendations as to how the programme should develop beyond the pilot phase

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:26

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