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:

Toward a Shared Action Framework for Resilient Seed Systems

In October 2018, 93 people gathered for a strategic convening on resilient seed systems hosted by the Global Alliance, in Oaxaca, Mexico, — a globally important centre of origin for corn and other crops. The combination of a diverse group of participants with deep expertise related to resilient seed systems, and the influence of Oaxaca’s landscape, farms, culinary traditions and unique biocultural history, led to important discussions, insights and ideas. Over the course of four days, the group explored principles for resilient seed systems, a common narrative, and engaged in small group discussions with the intent of drafting a Shared Action Framework and identifying opportunities for coordinated action to support and enhance seed systems resilience.Read More

ANNOUNCING NEW GLOBAL ALLIANCE IMPACT AREA: CLIMATE RESILIENCE

The Global Alliance is eager to announce that in addition to our three impact areas – agroecology, health and well-being, and true cost accounting – we are establishing a fourth impact area on Climate Resilience to help build a collective global case for transforming food systems in the face of climate change and for a reduction of up to 30% in food-systems-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.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

The global importance of maize diversity

By Lauren Baker

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

Investing in agroecology for a future of food that is sustainable, secure, and equitable

By Lauren Baker

The FAO’s Second International Symposium on Agroecology in April 2018 was a significant moment for the agroecology movement. More than 700 actors and advocates from across sectors came together to explore how we, as a global community, can scale-up agroecology to meet the SDGs, and address pressing global concerns like climate change, health, and shifting global economies and demographics.Read More

Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh, India

In February 2018, Ruth Richardson, Executive Director of the Global Alliance, was invited by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) to travel to Andhra Pradesh, India, with a mission to see first-hand the ambitious Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming initiative (ZBNF) supported by APPI and the Andhra Pradesh government.Read More

True Cost Accounting: Bringing practitioners together for networking, learning, and collective action

The Global Alliance is piloting a Community of Practice of practitioners working on true cost accounting at local, regional, national, and international levels.Read More

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Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Making the case for food systems that promote health

“The Global Alliance recognized the need to not only better understand and bolster the evidence for the health impacts and externalities of food systems,” says Executive Director, Ruth Richardson, “but also engage diverse stakeholders in a dialogue about putting health at the centre of food systems.”Read More

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PFE Week: Evaluating Collaborative Principles Supporting Shared Commitment

Pablo Vidueira

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

Indigenous Wisdom and Agrobiodiversity are Critical to Climate Adaptation

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Alumni Q&A: Francesca Recanati with Kyra Busch, Program Officer at The Christensen Fund.Read More