What do we do?

We advocate for innovative community food initiatives that seek improvements to the food system improving equitable access to quality food.


Cork Food Policy Council seeks to influence local food policy to follow best practice in developing a healthy, sustainable, and resilient food system. Supporting new partnerships in Cork between statutory, community and voluntary groups, educational institutions and businesses to promote knowledge, skills and experience around food.


We are an inter-agency group chaired by Colin Sage Dept Geography UCC, supported by: Healthy Cities, Health Service Executive (HSE), Cork City Council (CCC), Cork Environmental Forum (CEF), Bia Foodbank, Cafe Gusto, Musgraves, Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation, Niche, Health Action Zone (HAZ) and Cork Institite of Technology (CIT).

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The first public event proposing the creation of a Cork Food Policy Council (CFPC) was held on June 13, 2013, under the slogan Pure Cork – Real Food for All, and received a very positive welcome. We have organised an 18-member Steering Committee chaired by Dr Colin Sage, has begun a process of engaging stakeholders across the city and the wider region.

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Meet the Cork Food Policy Council Members

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Colin Sage


Colin is Senior Lecturer in Geography at UCC where he has worked for the past 18 years and, besides teaching, he conducts research on the contemporary food system. He has particular interests in food and nutritional security and civic initiatives that work to strengthen the resilience of local food systems. He is active in European research networks in this field and has close links with a number of Italian universities to which he is regularly invited to speak.  Colin is the author of Environment and Food (2012), co-editor of Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics (2014) and ofTransdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability (Ashgate, 2016). He is regularly invited to offer his thoughts on the food system on Irish radio and television programmes.  Colin currently chairs the CFPC Steering Committee.

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Keelin Tobin

CFPC Co-coordinator

Keelin is the newly appointed coordinator of the Cork Food Policy Council. Keelin holds an honours BSc in International Development and Food Policy, a Masters in Anthropology of Food and a Masters of Business degree. Keelin has trained and worked as a Chef and she loves to grow food and cook.

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Denise Cahill

Co-coordinator of the Healthy Cities

Denise is the Healthy Cities Co-coordinator in Cork City. Denise has worked as a researcher in the area of Public Health and has been employed in the area of health promotion for the past 12 years. Denise has worked in the areas of Schools Health Promotion, Physical Activity and Tobacco Control. In more recent years she has developed her understanding and commitment to community health promotion and has coordinated the health profile of Cork City in support of World Health Organisation recognition of Cork as a Healthy City.  Through the Healthy Cities structure Denise has developed skills to support the development of partnerships between and among the community, voluntary and statutory sectors in the area of health promotion.

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Cork Food Policy Council is a partnership between representatives of the community, food retail, farming, fishing, restaurant/catering, education, environmental and health sectors and local authorities.Email us at info@corkfoodpolicycouncil.com