New & Noteworthy

IKEA Foundation becomes a member of the Global Alliance

Today, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Global Alliance is pleased to welcome IKEA Foundation to its strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together to transform global food systems now and for future generations.Read More

Dancing with food systems transformation in a time of global crises

Against the backdrop of our commitment to food systems transformation and the global coronavirus pandemic, here’s a translation of Donella Meadows’s deep wisdom on 14 ways we must learn to dance with food systems transformation in a time of global crises. There is no more urgent time for philanthropy to know and face the realities of the Anthropocene and dance accordingly.Read More

The Global Alliance formally adopts a Theory of Transformation

For the last 25 years, design, planning and evaluation have been dominated by the mandate that interventions be based on a theory of change. In January 2020, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food transcended the theory of change approach by formally adopting a theory of transformation. This conceptual breakthrough comes at a critical time when, in the face of the global climate emergency, the need for transformation has become the clarion call of our times.Read More

Why having a vision matters

When it comes to food systems transformation, we believe that multiple visions of the future need to exist across geographies, sectors, and scales, and that they must reflect the reality of local needs and circumstances. If we attempt to determine simple, linear “visions,” this will only lead to top-down siloed approaches to solution-making and leave broken food systems intact. As we anticipated this critical year in the decade of action on climate and the environment, we wanted to better understand what our peers, partners, and networks were thinking when it comes to charting the way forward for future food systems.Read More

Action on biodiversity loss starts with seeds

As accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss threaten life on this planet, our home, we find ourselves at an urgent crossroads. We need food systems transformation — from industrial food systems to sustainable and diverse food systems – and resilient seed systems are at the heart of this transformation. Seeds are central to a future of food that is renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, inclusive, and interconnected.Read More

True price of coffee is on the menu in Amsterdam

In February 2020 in Amsterdam, the Global Alliance gathered 45 global experts committed to accelerating true cost accounting methods and approaches as a means to create sustainable food systems.Read More

Blogs, Videos & Webinars

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The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World

In early May 2017 the Global Alliance for the Future of Food brought over 250 experts and leaders from the local to the global to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there.Watch Now

What’s the True Value of True Cost Accounting?

At Dumfries House, Scotland, in early May 2018, HRH The Prince of Wales and Sustainable Food Trust hosted a convening on the Future of Food and Farming, with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food as a collaborative partner. In connection to its ongoing work on the positive and negative externalities of the food system, the Global Alliance hosted a session on true cost accounting (TCA) with a stellar panel.Read More

The global importance of maize diversity

Lauren Baker recently visited Mexico in preparation for a strategic convening the Global Alliance is planning on resilient seed systems. While in Oaxaca, she saw first-hand how the deep historical connection to the milpa (maize system) is tied to socio-cultural and culinary traditions, local livelihoods, as well as the region’s ecological diversity.Read More

Finding the True Cost of Food

Finding the True Cost of Food

Supported by a range of subsidies and other government policies, cheap food has been linked to environmental, health and social problems. In January 2018, The Agenda welcomed Global Alliance Executive Director, Ruth Richardson, and TEEBAgriFood Study Lead, Alexander Muller, to discuss how true cost accounting frameworks like TEEBAgriFood can transform the food system towards more sustainable practices.Watch Now

Food-Health Nexus Webinar: Live Recording + Q&As

On 12 December 2017 the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted a webinar presenting the findings of the recent Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus report. The webinar recording is now available, along with a Q&A Summary with responses from report lead Cécilia Rocha and webinar discussants Roberto Ciati, Simon Poole, and Olivia Yambi.Listen Now

PFE Week: Evaluating Collaborative Principles Supporting Shared Commitment

In the fall of 2017, the American Evaluation Association featured a blog about the Global Alliance’s principles-based approach to collaboration, written by the Global Alliance’s Blue Marble Evaluator, Pablo Vidueira.Read More