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:

Announcing new Global Alliance Co-Chairs

We are pleased to announce the election of new Co-Chairs to the Global Alliance: Scott Cullen, Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation in New York City, and Jane Maland Cady, Director of the International Program of the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, have stepped into this role to provide strategic leadership and direction following on the strong tenure of Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Fellow of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.Read More

Announcing a growing team

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Global Alliance Coordinating Secretariat: Patty Fong joins us as Program Director, Climate and Health & Well-being, and Amanda Jekums joins the Global Alliance as Program Coordinator.Read More

Global Alliance welcomes two new members: David Rockefeller Fund and the 11th Hour Project, a program of the Schmidt Family Foundation

The Global Alliance is pleased to announce that both the David Rockefeller Fund and the 11th Hour Project have joined our alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations. This brings the alliance up to 25 international foundations committed to strategic, collaborative action for food systems transformation.Read More

Building our collective understanding of the true cost of food

In June 2018, the TEEBAgriFood Scientific and Economic Foundations Report was launched prior to World Environment Day in New Delhi, India. The intellectual and theoretical foundations for the TEEBAgriFood evaluation framework are developed in this report. And with this framework, we have an important opportunity to test the power and potential of true cost accounting across food and agriculture systems.Read More

Global Alliance welcomes new members: The Rockefeller Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is pleased to announce that both The Rockefeller Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies have joined our alliance of over 20 philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations.Read More

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.Read More

Announcing a 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