Making an economic case for the true cost of food will be essential in forging a pathway towards more sustainable food and agriculture systems. As a cornerstone of our work on externalities, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food is a key supporter of TEEBAgriFood, a project housed at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and led by the The Economics of the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Office. TEEBAGRIFOOD aims to show the cost of food production, distribution and consumption across various system types and scales when environmental, health, social and cultural externalities and impacts are calculated.
The Interim Report presenting the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework was launched in December 2015 at CoP21, with the Exploratory Studies that inform it being released individually between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
On 4 June 2018 the Scientific and Economic Foundations Report was released on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018 in New Delhi, India, hosted by UN Environment and the Government of India.
Over the coming months the Global Alliance, TEEBAgriFood, and other partners will be seeking strategic promotional and partnership opportunities to disseminate the reports and, more importantly, to build the TEEBAgriFood network into a community of practice and change.
We cannot manage what we do not measure.
TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations Report
The TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report, supported by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities including human health impacts from agriculture on a global scale. It argues the need for a ‘systems thinking‘ approach, draws out issues related to health, nutrition, equity and livelihoods, presents a Framework for evaluation and describes how it can be applied, and identifies theories and pathways for transformational change.Read More
Revealing Food’s Hidden Costs: New Framework for Food and Agriculture
New Delhi, INDIA – June 4, 2018: A new report released today offers a ground-breaking platform to evaluate the real costs and benefits—including environmental, health, and social impacts—of our agriculture and food systems. This TEEBAgriFood Scientific and Economic Foundations Report, supported by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, provides the basis for a major paradigm shift in how we view and manage our agriculture and food systems, demonstrating how to evaluate not just the visible but also the hidden costs and benefits.Read More
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, including: Mark Gough, Natural Capital Coalition; Peter Bakker, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Satya Tripathi, Sustainable India Finance Facility; Pavan Sukhdev, WWF Fund; Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood; and Sunny Verghese, OLAM.Read More
On True Cost Accounting and the Future of Food
The economic reality in which our food system operates has a significant impact on how food and agriculture policy and practice affects pressing issues like climate change, biodiversity, soil, food security, and public health. This brochure outlines work the Global Alliance and its members are doing to advance true cost accounting (TCA) efforts to make visible the full costs of food.Read More
Ecosystems and agro-biodiversity across small and large-scale maize production systems
Published in 2017, this report by the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) in Mexico is one of six “exploratory studies” commissioned by the UN Environment TEEB Office and funded by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, with the purpose of feeding the evidence base to feed into the wider initiative on TEEB for Agriculture & Food (TEEBAgriFood). These studies are meant to assess the impacts and dependencies arising from particular agricultural sectors and systems.Read More
Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities
In this report, commissioned by the Global Alliance and led by Meridian Institute, expert authors synthesize peer-reviewed literature that examines the mutual impacts of food systems activities (ranging from pre-production to production, post-production, consumption, and waste) and climate change, develop 10 key messages, and document mitigation opportunities and their adaptation potential.Read More
Methodology for Valuing the Agriculture and the Wider Food System Related Costs of Health
Supported by the Global Alliance, this FAO study develops a replicable methodology to measure and place a monetary value on the impacts of food and agricultural systems on health, and concretely tests it by applying the proposed methodology to selected health conditions in the UK.Read More
The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World: 2nd International Dialogue Summary Report
In May 2017, the Global Alliance hosted its 2nd International Dialogue: The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World. This summary report is an overview of the dialogue, opportunities explored, and potential actions the Global Alliance and participating experts and leaders identified as potential pathways towards a more sustainable, secure and equitable future of food.Read More
Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus
IPES-Food/Global Alliance for the Future of Food publication Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing Practices, Political Economy, and Power Relations to Build Healthier Food Systems provides a comprehensive overview of the health impacts of food systems, identifying the channels through which food systems affect human health, and how prevailing power relations and imperatives in food systems help to shape our understanding of the impacts they generate.Read More
A Briefing Note on the TEEBAgriFood Initiative
March 2017 Briefing Note was prepared by the Global Alliance to provide members and other key stakeholders an update on where the TEEBAgriFood initiative is at, and what next steps are for 2017/2018.Read More
The Future of Food and Agriculture: Quantifying the Social and Environmental Benefits and Costs of Different Production Systems
To address the need for a true cost accounting of food systems, Dr. Harpinder Sandhu, of Flinders University, South Australia, has developed a new assessment tool, which identifies, quantifies and monetises these costs.Read More
Fix Food Metrics
For sustainable, equitable nutrition we must count the true global costs and benefits of food production, urge Pavan Sukhdev, Peter May and Alexander Müller.Read More
TEEBAgriFood Exploratory Studies
The exploratory studies provide a proof-of-concept for the TEEBAgriFood valuation framework in that they demonstrate that it is possible and necessary to evaluate and then value agro-ecological systems at different scales, across a diversity of systems, and assessing trade-offs (e.g. higher yields versus lower agro-biodiversity).Read More
TEEB for Agriculture & Food Interim Report
TEEBAgriFood aims to show the cost of food production, distribution and consumption across various system types and scales when environmental, health, social and cultural externalities and impacts are calculated. This Interim Report presenting the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework was launched in December 2015 at CoP21 in Paris.Read More
The True Cost of American Food Conference | Plenary Session Videos
Co-sponsored by the Global Alliance, Sustainable Food Trust’s True Cost of American Food Conference brought together a wide range of leaders and interested citizens to address one of the most critical barriers currently preventing sustainable food systems becoming mainstream – the failure to recognize the true costs of producing food in different ways. These videos highlight both plenary and parallel sessions.Read More
The Real Cost of Food: Examining the Social, Environmental, and Health Impacts of Producing Food
Funded by the Global Alliance, this Food Tank report aims to give an overview of the current work being done on true cost accounting and help point a way forward for future work on this issue. It is meant to be a call to action, to instill better accounting measures in food and agricultural production.Read More
Meeting Summary | Global Alliance for the Future of Food Animal Agriculture Convening
This summary highlights discussion at a convening hosted by the Global Alliance in March 2016. The convening brought together 18 foundation representatives and 12 experts to consider issues related to global animal agriculture, with the goal of developing a shared understanding of the landscape of issues related to livestock production and meat consumption, to know who is funding what and why, and to identify the gaps and opportunities.Read More
Expert Interview Summary | Animal Agriculture Convening
To inform the Global Alliance convening on animal agriculture in 2016, Meridian Institute engaged a diverse cross-section of experts who could loan their perspectives and expertise to the complex issues and relationships within animal agriculture systems, such as consumption, production, externalities, climate change and the role key actors might play in supporting pathways to more sustainable livestock production and meat consumption.Read More
Sustainable Animal Agriculture Literature Library
Compiled by the Meridian Institute, this microsite showcases recommended resources relevant to livestock production and meat consumption that donors, experts, and grantees wish to share with each other in collaboration towards a more sustainable food future.Read More
Against Cheap Food
This aide-memoire was commissioned by the Global Alliance from Raj Patel as a creative summary of proceedings on the occasion of its International Dialogue 2015 in order to stimulate information-sharing, learning, discussion and collective action around sustainable food and agriculture systems reform.Read More
TEEBAgriFood: Do agricultural and food production, distribution and consumption offer solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns?
The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) initiative, ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB), has initiated a project aiming to show how different food systems and practices can impact the environment, health outcomes and culture.Read More