Sustain is a think and do network with extensive experience and expertise in delivering positive outcomes in food systems change. Our expertise covers project management, events coordination, consultancy, research and network development. We work with multiple individuals and organisations from the public, community, business and academic sectors to design and deliver innovative solutions and approaches to a range of food system challenges.
Our work creates multiple avenues for shaping food systems thinking and practice. As a result, our work directly impacts optimising public health and wellbeing outcomes for the Australian community as a whole. We are trialling collective impact models and new forms of engagement between producers, distributors, businesses, consumers and government in Victoria through food systems and social enterprise projects.
Our work program encompasses the areas below
Policy Work & Consultancy
Sustain have led and been involved in multiple consultancies over several years investigating food systems issues and opportunities for positive interventions.
Sustain supports the formation of food networks at the local, municipal, regional and state level, across sectors from regenerative agriculture, to urban food and local government, to community gardening, to local and community food networks and alliances.
Sustain has coordinated several major conferences, forums and summits. We are involved with events on a regular basis throughout the year. In this way we shape and lead the sustainable and healthy food systems conversation in Australia.
We have partnered and maintain relationships with several universities and researchers including RMIT University, Edith Cowan University, Monash University, Sydney University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Tasmania. Our applied food systems work attracts the interest of many research students and we have supported several internships from both Australian and international students.