NEW GUIDANCE ON MEASURING FOOD SYSTEMS LAUNCHED AHEAD OF UN BIODIVERSITY SUMMIT

Policymakers flying blind in action on biodiversity loss without full picture of food system impacts Simplistic yield-per-hectare productivity measures undermine long-term sustainability efforts Multi-capital “true cost” accounting framework provides a roadmap to action UN Biodiversity Summit an opportunity for transformative action on food systems Case studies from around the world show new assessment tools are … Continued

FOODSIVI REPORT LAUNCH: TOP FIVE RESOURCES FOR TRUE COST ACCOUNTING

Food is central to our daily lives. Through culture, tradition, identity, and pleasure, food has been the life force for our families, communities, and societies for millennia. Yet, at the same time, some food systems practices are generating large, unacceptable impacts on the environment and on vulnerable populations, from driving biodiversity loss to enabling unhealthy, … Continued

TRUE PRICE OF COFFEE IS ON THE MENU IN AMSTERDAM

In February 2020 in Amsterdam, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food brought together 45 global experts committed to accelerating true cost accounting (TCA) methods and approaches as a means to create sustainable food systems. TCA is one of our flagship focus areas at the Global Alliance. We believe it is a fundamental component … Continued

Ecosystems and agro-biodiversity across maize production systems

Smallholder farmers are critical to the management of biodiversity; Genetic diversity is central to climate resilience and the future of food; Crop management practices should enhance positive benefits and reduce negative impacts. This proof-of-concept TEEBArgiFood study explores the true cost of maize in Mexico, looking at dependencies and impacts across different regions and production systems. … Continued

Corn in the Mississippi Basin

In this study of corn in the Mississippi basin, the TEEBAgriFood evaluation framework is applied to understand and value links between produced, social, human and natural capital in two production systems. The study evaluates the true costs and benefits associated with conventional and organic corn production systems by examining all impacts and dependencies within the … Continued

True Cost Accounting for Transformative Change Compendium

Interest in true cost accounting (TCA) as an important tool for food systems reform is growing. This strategic convening in Brussels, Belgium in 2019 brought together diverse business, donor, civil society, research, government, and food systems leaders from across the world to create a space for cross-sectoral dialogue about the future of food and TCA’s … Continued

The Malawi Maize AgriFood System

The notion that maize is central to food security in Malawi is a widely held view. To date, however, ‘maize-led development’ has produced disappointing outcomes. The study provides an overview of the historical, political, environmental context of the maize agrifood system in Malawi, and uses the TEEBAgriFood framework to analyze maize in relation to three … Continued