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Tackling Food Poverty: Lessons from the Decent Food for All (DFfa) Intervention

Creator:

Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Subject Keywords: Food poverty, Food access, Healthy food, Socio-economic group
Set: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: All-island
Description:

This is the report of an evaluation carried out for safefood by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. This report summarises the evaluation of the Decent Food for All (DFfA) intervention that was delivered by the Armagh and Dungannon Health Action Zone (ADHAZ) Partnership in the Southern Health and Social Services Board area in Northern Ireland. Further details can be found in three supporting documents accompanying this report. People are living in food poverty if they are unable to consume adequate safe healthy food in ways that are aligned with their cultural and social norms. As a result their physical, mental and social health and well-being suffer. In part due to the challenges faced in gaining financial and physical access to safe healthy food, people in lower socio-economic groups are at an increased risk of food poverty and obesity. When the DFfA intervention was being developed there was no formal policy framework for tackling food poverty or obesity in Northern Ireland. The government's Fit Futures Strategy only emerged towards the end of the DFfA intervention period. As a result of this changing policy context, DFfA's objectives were flexible so it could respond to emerging regional priorities. Decent Food for All (DFfA) was a four-year community-based project developed and implemented by the ADHAZ Partnership. Its aim was to increase physical, financial and information access to safe healthy food in twelve deprived/highly deprived wards in the ADHAZ area. DFfA's core activities focused on group-based health educational sessions and practical workshops, general communications and contributions to other The evaluation is of the Decent Food for All programme which was run by the Armagh and Dungannon Health Action Zone.

Date:

18/12/2008

Rights: © Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Suggested citation:

Institute of Public Health in Ireland. (2008) Tackling Food Poverty: Lessons from the Decent Food for All (DFfa) Intervention [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3631 [Accessed: 25th June 2018].

  

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