Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank.
Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank
(photo credit: Morgan Anderson)

Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com) and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world, and innovations in sustainable agriculture.

Danielle spent two years traveling to more than 35 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America meeting with farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, and journalists collecting their thoughts on what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment.

Her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 8,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian (UK), Le Monde, the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), the East African (Kenya), TIME magazine, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Voice of America, the Times of India, the Sydney Morning Herald, and other major publications.

Danielle has authored or contributed to several major reports and books, including Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry (2005), State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Editor and Project Director, 2011), Eating Planet 2012 (2012), and Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability (2012).

She has spoken at major conferences and events all over the world including The World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogues (2010 and 2012), the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development (2012), the Third Annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards (2013), UNFCCC COP 16, the Barilla Center for Food Nutrition Annual Forums (2011 2012, 2013), the Aspen Institute Environment Forum (2011), the European Commission Green Week (2010), the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2008), the Sustainable Food Summit (2012), the Fourth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture (2013), the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Network (2011), the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (2011), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2011), the Food and Agriculture Organization (2011), Women Deliver (2013) and many others. Additionally, Food Tank routinely convenes large sold-out events in cities from New York to Chicago.

She also worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.


email: danielle@foodtank.com phone: (202) 590-1037

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Upcoming Events

May 10, New York City : Edible Institute

Danielle will be speaking on a panel at this event.

June 4, London: Unilever Sustainable Development Group Meetings

Danielle will be participating in this event.

July 14, San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain: Family Farming in front of Food Waste

Danielle will be participating in this event.

August 2, New Orleans, LA 70130: Farm to Table International Symposium

Danielle is moderating a panel on food waste at this event.



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