Food Tank is excited to announce that we are launching two collaborative efforts over the next year with support from the McKnight Foundation. These projects will marshal increased awareness and groundbreaking research on democratizing innovation and true cost accounting.
Food Tank will be collaborating with smallholder farmers, local researchers, development practitioners, academics, food and agriculture experts, policymakers, and YOU to explore solutions for sustainable local food systems.
The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program is excited to learn more about these partnerships that can help significantly scale up, broaden, and deepen connections around global agriculture problems through research, strategic collaborations, events, webinars, videos, databases, and more.
This effort is supported by the Externalities Working Group of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.
Throughout the next year, Food Tank will how democratized knowledge generation and innovation processes are leading to new solutions in rich and poor countries alike and the potential for those practices to be adapted around the world to lead to more sustainable food and agriculture systems.
Farmers, scientists, researchers, NGOs, and others are currently creating innovative, on-the-ground solutions for a more nourished world. At the same time, the prices consumers pay for food rarely reflect the true cost of its ingredients, from fertilizer production and water use to land degradation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Food Tank is incredibly excited to collaborate with the McKnight Foundation on these issues. It’s more important than ever to find ways for farmers, businesses, and policymakers to work together to create relevant and sustainable solutions.
And now Food Tank is asking you to send suggestions and become involved in these discussions as well. We need your help to share groundbreaking innovations in agriculture and highlight the true cost of cheap food!
Food Tank invites you to send your answers, suggestions, and feedback on any or all of the following questions:
- What does democratizing innovation mean to you and where are examples of it?
- What are the most useful tools for true cost accounting?
- How can we help consumers understand the real cost of the food they buy?
- What organizations or individuals have created groundbreaking innovations that include communities, private sector, public solutions and formally trained researchers in agriculture to address grand challenges?
- How can the economic system reward methods of food production that deliver benefits rather than damaging the environment and human health?
- How can we harness current innovations, knowledge generation process, and evidence to improve food and nutrition security?
- How can nutrition be equitable and affordable?
- Where can policy intervene in true cost accounting?
- What resources do you use to find solutions for local, sustainable food systems?
Send your responses directly to me at Danielle@foodtank.com!