The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience



The Global Alliance for the Future of Food would like to gratefully acknowledge the many people involved in the preparation of this compendium.

First and foremost, we thank the authors for their interest and for so enthusiastically sharing their expertise, experience, time, and visions for the future of seeds. We would also like to thank the many contributors, organizations and advisors that provided valuable perspectives and insights.

The Global Alliance’s Agroecological Transitions Working Group must be acknowledged for its guidance in the development of this compendium. Its commitment to realizing resilient community based seed systems is both impressive and critical—a commitment felt and appreciated throughout the process.

We extend deep gratitude to our consultants: Lauren Baker for preparing the synthesis of
findings and providing editorial oversight; Yael Falicov for operational and editorial support; Mary Ambrose for distilling the findings; Alex Kollo for communications and distribution. Studio Blackwell provided the design and layout of the final publication. This compendium is all the stronger due to their professional hand in helping to shape its form and content
from beginning to end.

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food cultivates healthy, equitable, renewable, resilient, and culturally diverse food and agriculture systems shaped by people, communities, and their institutions.

We are a unique collaboration of philanthropic foundations that have come together to strategically leverage resources and knowledge, develop frameworks and pathways for change, and push the agenda for more sustainable food and agriculture systems globally. Representing countries across the globe—with diverse interests and expertise spanning health, agriculture, food, conservation, cultural diversity and community well-being—the Global Alliance shares a belief in the urgency of advancing sustainable global agriculture and food systems, and in the power of working together and with others to effect positive change.

This compendium of papers was commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food in collaboration with the authors for use by Global Alliance members to stimulate information-sharing, learning, and collective action. The Global Alliance has chosen to make it available to the broader community to contribute to thinking and discussion about sustainable food and agriculture systems reform. It constitutes the work of independent authors. Any views expressed in this report do not necessarily represent the views of the Global Alliance or of any of our members.

© Global Alliance for the Future of Food, 2016.

Date of publication: September 2016

Suggestion for Referencing

Global Alliance for the Future of Food. 2016. The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience, A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World.