What We Do
WE ARE CHALLENGING OURSELVES TO WORK IN NEW AND DIFFERENT WAYS THAT ALLOW US TO REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF COLLECTIVE ACTION AND TACKLING THE COMPLEXITY OF THE FOOD SYSTEM TOGETHER.
As an alliance of mostly private foundations, we have the privilege, the responsibility, and the opportunity to leverage our resources and networks to get sustainable food systems on the political, economic, and social agenda. We bring diverse perspectives together to inform how we, as a global community, shape the future of food together.
Guided by a set of shared principles of renewability, resilience, diversity, equity, healthfulness, and interconnectedness, we work together and with others to leverage our resources around three key Impact Areas: Agroecology, Health and Well-being, and True Cost Accounting to:
- FORGE NEW INSIGHTS and STRENGTHEN EVIDENCE – We develop research and tools based on systems perspectives and built on diverse knowledge and evidence. This approach helps us as a global community to understand and assess interrelationships, dependencies, priorities, risks, and trade-offs, and to craft meaningful solutions through their ability to highlight what’s wrong with the current system and point to changes needed to bring about a more desirable future.
- CONVENE KEY FOOD SYSTEMS ACTORS and FACILITATE MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE – We facilitate authentic, meaningful, and actionable dialogue amongst diverse agents of change – the scientific community, grassroots movements, policymakers, farmers, the private sector, Indigenous Peoples, and others – committed to food systems reform, so that, together, we can better understand the system, co-create the solutions we need, and inform action within our respective constituencies.
- STIMULATE LOCAL and GLOBAL ACTION for TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE – We connect global and local perspectives, knowledge, and understandings, with the recognition that change must be contextually sensitive and grounded in the interactions between local and global processes and scales of change. We stimulate local and global action on food system reform within our member organizations, the broader world of philanthropy, and with partners and allies at the global level so that we collectively accelerate effective food systems transformation on the ground, across scales and geographies.
As independent foundations, our priorities pull us in different directions; however, on the issue of the future of food our priorities converge: we share passion and a commitment to challenging the status-quo while identifying positive alternatives