Sir Don Curry, chairman of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, launched a major food chain initiative in the House of Lords this week. The Local Food Works project aims to link farmers with local retailers, catering groups and consumers and encourage local sourcing. It will also develop farmers' markets, food cooperatives and food festivals and encourage production, processing, marketing and consumption of local and organic food. The scheme will build on the Soil Association's promotion of local food links and the Countryside Agency's Eat The View programme, and was established by those two organisations. The partnership will establish regional networks to promote the local food sector, develop local food economies, and increase the number of local food initiatives in England. It will create a Network Development service to guide and support local food networks and act as a nationwide information service for them. Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, said: "Local Food Works is an important step in building on the success which has already been achieved by local food initiatives." l See Giving Local Directions, p30. {{NEWS }}