The East of England Rural Forum (EERF)
 

Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy Sub Group Terms of Reference

Framework Terms of Reference for Sustainable Farming and Food Implementation Group

Background

The Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy (SFFS) was published by Defra in December 2002, and tasked each region to develop a delivery plan. Following extensive consultation, the East of England Delivery Plan was published in July 2003. A Regional Steering Group was set up to drive the aims of the delivery plan forward, meeting quarterly to discuss issues and how they should be addressed.

EEDA published the region’s Food and Drink Industry Strategy (FDIS) in September 2005, with its key themes very much mirroring those of the SFFS Delivery Plan. Subsequently, a joint action plan was developed, bringing together the SFFS and FDIS aims into a single refreshed document.

Marie Francis was appointed as the first independent farming and food champion for the region in September 2006, and one of her first tasks was to review the governance structure of the SFFS/FDIS. This document sets out the responsibilities of the Implementation Group.

 

Role of the Implementation Group

The role of the Implementation Group is to:

  • Agree and prioritise the issues identified by the Industry Group, other stakeholders and public sector policy to determine those most critical to the future success of the food and farming industry.
  • Agree the actions to be taken, either by individual delivery partners or collectively to address the priority issues identified, incorporating partner and stakeholder priorities and resources into the assessment
  • Develop proposals for specific projects, where mainstream delivery will not address the priority issues, identifying the most appropriate delivery partners and funding streams.
  • Ensure partners and stakeholders are fully briefed on each others current and future work programmes in the region
  • Influence policy development both in the region and nationally to ensure the needs of sustainable food and farming businesses are met
  • Advise the Industry Group on both the availability, appropriateness and availability of resources to support interventions by the public sector
  • Provide the link to the national sustainable food and farming group
  • Provide a link with other public sector groups and organisations in the region

 

Governance of the Implementation Group

The Rural Team at GO-East will coordinate secretariat support for the Implementation Group. This will include making arrangements for meetings, briefing the Chair, preparation of the agenda and minutes for the meeting and updating the GO-East web page to reflect the new structure of SFFS in the region. The secretariat will provide a contact point for people who are interested in finding out about the group.

There will be four meetings a year and dates will normally be agreed 2-3 months in advance. Once a year, one of the meetings will be a joint meeting with the implementation group. There should be regular attendance by the members of the group or a nominated deputy.

On an annual basis the Implementation group will:

  • Review its purpose and that it is fit to address that purpose, including whether the make up is correct.
  • Review the Implementation Group’s own Terms of Reference
  • Review membership performance when issues such as attendance and engagement should be considered.

 


Framework Terms of Reference for Sustainable Farming and Food Industry Steering Group

Background

The Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy (SFFS) was published by Defra in December 2002, and tasked each region to develop a delivery plan. Following extensive consultation, the East of England Delivery Plan was published in July 2003.

A Regional Steering Group was set up to drive the aims of the delivery plan forward, meeting quarterly to discuss issues and how they should be addressed.
EEDA published the region’s Food and Drink Industry Strategy (FDIS) in September 2005, with it’s key themes very much mirroring those of the SFFS Delivery Plan. Subsequently, a joint action plan was developed, bringing together the SFFS and FDIS aims into a single refreshed document.

Marie Francis was appointed as the first independent farming and food champion for the region in September 2006, and one of her first tasks was to review the governance structure of the SFFS/FDIS. This document sets out the responsibilities of the Industry Steering Group.

 

Role of the Industry Group

The role of the Industry Group is to:

Help identify the issues which need to be addresses to enable the agri-food sector in the East of England to prosper and to enhance the contribution it makes to the environmental, economic and social success of the region.

It will do this by:

  • Identifying key issues and priorities affecting the future sustainability of the farming and food industry
  • Suggesting potential solutions to address those issues, both from within the industry, and those that might require public sector intervention
  • Challenging Government policy and identify existing support mechanisms that can be developed to facilitate a more sustainable industry.
  • Providing advice to the Implementation Group on industry needs and opinions
  • Working with the Implementation Group to assist with its role in addressing industry needs
  • Provide an opinion on proposed projects and outcomes

 

Governance of the Industry Group

The Rural Team at GO-East will coordinate secretariat support for the Industry Group. This will include making arrangements for meetings, briefing the Chair, preparation of the agenda and minutes for the meeting and updating the GO-East web page to reflect the new structure of SFFS in the region. The secretariat will provide a contact point for people who are interested in finding out about the group.

There will be four meetings a year and dates will normally be agreed 2-3 months in advance. Once a year, one of the meetings will be a joint meeting with the implementation group. It is expected that there will be regular attendance from members on the group.

On an annual basis the Industry group will:

  • Review its purpose and that it is fit to address that purpose, including whether the make up is correct.
  • Review the Industry Group’s own Terms of Reference.
  • Review membership performance when issues such as attendance and engagement should be considered.