Herefordshire Food Alliance member Kristan gave a a regional update for the Marches at the Dynamic Procurement event in March, hosted by DPUK - looking at ways to scale up supply and demand of good sustainable food.
Dynamic Food Procurement aims to use technology and collective action to shorten supply chains and along with other counties, Herefordshire has been investigating how we can make that happen here.
More about the idea of dynamic procurement here.
The Marches regional study is now complete - the region has a range of things it would need to do in order for this to work, more details in the following documents
Results and Recommendations: There is long term potential for our wider region working together, but not enough evidence that we could align well enough to make big changes quickly.
"Valuable shared learning among Marches authorities but challenges and trade-offs for procuring collectively."
Executive Summary: Executive Summary: Moitoring what we do and how we do it - across our overlapping values and activities will help us work towards anything more collective.
"Establishing robust, comparable baseline data across all five key policy goals remains vital for identifying actionable gaps in current procurement practices, designing optimum solutions, and
effectively tracking future progress."