About Foodprint Melbourne

The Foodprint Melbourne research project collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders to promote strategies that strengthen the resilience and sustainability of Melbourne’s food system. The project began in 2015 and is now in Phase III. The project is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Current Research

Building the resilience of Melbourne’s food system (2019-2021)

The current research project aims to assess the resilience of Melbourne’s food system and encourage actions that:

  • Strengthen the capacity of the city’s food system to respond to shocks and stresses, such as fire, floods, drought, and pandemic.
  • Increase equitable access to fresh, healthy food to support the health and well-being of Melbournians.
  • Foster resilience throughout the food system from production, through processing, distribution, retail, consumption and recycling.
  • Promote sustainable food production and consumption for current and future generations.

Project History

Phase I: Foodprint Melbourne (2015-2016)

Phase I investigated what grows in Melbourne’s foodbowl and the capacity of Melbourne’s foodbowl to feed the city, now and as the city grows to a population of over 7 million. The project also investigated the city’s ‘foodprint’ – the amount of land, water, food waste and GHG emissions involved in feeding the city.

The Melbourne’s Food Future report made the case for protecting the city’s foodbowl as a fundamental building block in a more resilient and sustainable food system in the context of climate change and rapid population growth.

Read the full report: Melbourne's Foodbowl

Read the full report: Melbourne's Foodprint

Read the full report: Melbourne’s Food Future

Phase II: Roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne foodbowl (2017-2019)

Phase II investigated the challenges and opportunities for farming in Melbourne’s foodbowl and identified strategies to strengthen food production on Melbourne’s fringe so that the city’s foodbowl contributes to a more resilient and sustainable food future for the city.

The project team worked with a broad range of stakeholders to develop a vision for a resilient city foodbowl and to create a policy roadmap for achieving this vision. This roadmap identifies five key pillars of policy action that underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.

Read the full report: Food for thought

Read the summary briefing: Roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne foodbowl

Read the full report: Roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne foodbowl

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