Research and Tools


Transitioning to a sustainable, secure, and equitable food system requires global dialogue and action, coordination across multiple sectors that do not ordinarily work together, attention to local and global equity and cultural life-ways, and a strategic focus on systemic solutions and policy opportunities to support sustainable change.

The Global Alliance develops, commissions, and publishes research and tools to: 1) inform our individual member foundations; 2) guide Global Alliance collective action; and 3) stimulate an understanding of critical issues related to food system reform as an important step towards a much-needed global dialogue. Our publications are made available to the broader community as a contribution to thinking and discussion, and so that together we can collectively accelerate effective food systems transformation on the ground, across scales and geographies.

Global Alliance Publications Directory

Ecosystems and agro-biodiversity across small and large-scale maize production systems

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

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

Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities

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

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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

The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World: 2nd International Dialogue Summary Report

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

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Sequestering Carbon in Soil: Addressing The Climate Threat

In Spring 2017, the Global Alliance supported the Sequestering Carbon In Soil: Addressing The Climate Threat conference where soil carbon experts, farmers, NGO leaders, government officials, private sector leaders, philanthropists, and advocates from thirty-four countries met to explore how to advance soil carbon sequestration through agriculture and ecosystem restoration.Read More

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The True Cost of American Food Conference

This summary report highlights the landmark conference held by Sustainable Food Trust in April 2017,  ‘The True Cost of American Food,’ supported in-part by the Global Alliance. Over two days, more than 100 US and international speakers presented evidence to quantify and monetize the hidden costs of food production and explore how we might implement a logical, economic system based on the latest evidence.Read More

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Draft Report: Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities

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A Briefing Note on the TEEBAgriFood Initiative

March 2017

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