Grants / Projects we are funding

The Soil Association – High quality, sustainable food

Grant details


Awarded on:01/11/2018

Duration:18 months


Area of interest

Systems change

Themes covered


More sustainable food can often be more expensive and therefore exclusive. If farming in this way is to become more mainstream then we need to tackle the cause of the higher costs. The Soil Association will look in-depth at inefficiencies in the supply chain to determine how these could be improved to lower the costs associated with organic, sustainable food production.

What is the issue?

Access to high quality-sustainable organic food is often restricted by long and complicated supply chains which ultimately add cost to the final product. Each sector of the food industry has its own challenges and barriers which can make these products less accessible.

What will the project try to achieve?

The project will break down retail and food service supply chains and find the barriers that restrict entry/add cost to organic food. It will suggest potential solutions or new routes to market which can shorten supply chains and make organic food available to more people. It will find out if there are changes that can be made to make high-quality sustainable food available at more affordable prices.

Who might be interested in this project?

Businesses operating within the food industry from producers and processors to distributors. Tech companies who have created ways to shorten supply chains. Organisations operating in this space such as Sustain, WWF, MSC, RSPCA Assured.