Blogs

The Global Alliance blog library includes GA published blogs and external blog contributions and articles highlighting reflections and key findings of the work we do together and with others.

Global Alliance blog library:

True price of coffee is on the menu in Amsterdam

Amanda Jekums, Program Coordinator, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

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

Action on biodiversity loss starts with seeds

Lauren Baker, Director of Programs, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

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

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

The Global Alliance formally adopts a Theory of Transformation

By Michael Quinn Patton, author of Blue Marble Evaluation and Senior Evaluation Advisor to the Global Alliance

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

Evaluation as intervention in food systems transformation: Global Alliance welcomes the launch of Blue Marble Evaluation

The Global Alliance welcomes the launch of Michael Quinn Patton’s new book: Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles. Featuring the Global Alliance as one of the world’s first adopters of this landmark method of developing and evaluating systems change initiatives, it has profound implications for any organization or network working to create a more sustainable, equitable future in the midst of the climate emergency.Read More

Blue Marble Evaluation: Thinking in transformational ways at a time when we urgently need to

By Jane Maland Cady, Program Director, International – McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation has supported the first of the Blue Marble Evaluation innovators — from Michael Quinn Patton and the World Savvy team, to the evaluators embedded in the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and the Collaborative Crop Research Program. This initial Blue Marble Cohort has learned from each other, challenged each other, and is actively providing critical tools and frameworks for the field. Writing on the day of the launch of Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles in Minneapolis, Jane Maland Cady, Program Director, International – McKnight Foundation, explains that the work has only begun and why it’s important to use this approach to evaluation to address the critical challenges facing our one and only planet.Read More

Blue Marble Evaluation: Without principles and frameworks, we can miss out on the learning

By Claire Nicklin, Representante Regional – Los Andes, Collaborative Crop Research Program at McKnight Foundation

Writing on the day of the launch of Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles in Minneapolis, Claire Nicklin, Representante Regional for the McKnight Foundation, shares her thoughts about how Blue Marble has provided the Collaborative Crop Research Program with important ideas and concepts that can help us understand complexity and guide action.Read More

Blue Marble Evaluation: A personal, professional and organizational transformation

By Pablo Vidueira, Blue Marble evaluator - Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Blue Marble Evaluation is at the leading innovative edge for evaluation for the times we live in. Drawing its name from the first photograph taken of Earth from space in 1972, the power of this approach to evaluation lies in taking a global systems “whole-Earth” perspective, helping to design and support transformational efforts by generating insights for adaptation and enhanced impact. As a trans-disciplinary profession, evaluation has much to offer global change interventions that work toward a sustainable future across national boundaries, sectors, and issues. The book – Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles, by Michael Quinn Patton – places evaluation at the center of this context.Read More

Amazon fires are a stark reminder of the true cost of food and the need for systems transformation

Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

This year’s fires in the Amazon, the worst in recent years, are a stark reminder of the challenges of producing plenty, affordable, and healthy food for a growing and more affluent world. Today, almost all of the soy that Brazil exports goes to emerging economies like China, the rest to the European Union and other developing markets. There, buyers convert soy to animal feed which, in turn, helps grow meat locally (mainly pork, chicken, and beef).Read More

Upcoming Global Alliance Event: Climate Crisis and the Future of Food

25 September 2019, New York City

We need to understand how the climate and food system communities can collaborate more at this critical time and catalyze new ideas. We need to identify where the opportunities are, and, indeed, how we can overcome the shared challenges we face. These are just some of the issues we’ll be addressing at our (sold-out) Climate Crisis and the Future of Food event in NYC this September.Read More