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A Growing Culture (AGC) aims to create a global coalition connecting farmers with the resources they need to contribute to an ecologically sound food system and prosperous planet. The mission is carried out through the three pillars of the organization: information exchange, outreach and advocacy. AGC is home to the Library for Food Sovereignty, a developing online platform that brings together the riches of agricultural innovation into one central platform and makes them freely available to the world
American University, located in Washington D.C., is continually recognized as one of the top institutions in the world. American University creates meaningful change in the world. With highly ranked schools and colleges and internationally recognized faculty, AU offers a balance between class time and career-advancing experience in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Its students, among the country’s most politically active, distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty and malnutrition in the developing world by increasing agricultural production and access to a variety of vegetables, providing essential micronutrients for populations in need. The Center works with both private and public sector partners to strike an effective balance between necessary research for new technologies and the effective development and deployment of those technologies.
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) was founded in 2009. BCFN feels that it is their duty to get involved in the debate around food and nutrition, because there are nearly one billion people suffering worldwide from hunger and almost the exact same number suffering from obesity. BCFN offers concrete and feasible recommendations in response to the challenges that this dichotomy creates. Its approach is multi-disciplinary in order to most effectively increase awareness and knowledge of issues in the food system while simultaneously helping to provide answers and solutions. BCFN’s goal is to foster an open dialogue about the well-being of the world’s population and to remain committed to promoting change.
The Berry Good Food Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization that aims to tackle the barriers—educational, economic, systemic, infrastructural—standing between people in the San Diego region and local, sustainably produced food. The Foundation believes that a strong local and sustainable food community is good for San Diego and San Diegans. The Foundation educates, connects and supports food producers and consumers through a variety of programs and events, from cheesemaking classes to expert panel discussions to farm dinners.
Bioneers is a nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Since 1990, Bioneers has served as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators, with nature-inspired approaches to the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters and helps people rebuild their lives.
Center for Food Safety (CFS) was established in 1997. It is a nonprofit public interest and environmental membership organization whose purpose is to challenge harmful food production technologies and promote sustainable alternatives. CFS uses a variety of strategies and tools to support its goals, including the provision of legal support for sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, public education efforts, grassroots organization and media outreach, and litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking. CFS also provides technical assistance to various legislative initiatives championed by other nonprofits throughout the United States.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit addressing the problem of deforestation, which affects the livelihood of a quarter of the global population and endangers biodiversity. CIFOR enhances environmental conservation and human wellbeing, and promotes equity through research that aids businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations. In addition, CIFOR works with communities in less-developed countries to help promote sustainability in the use and management of their forests. CIFOR hopes to create a world in which forests are high on the political agenda, and evidence-based decisions are made in order to protect the forests and the needs of forest-dependent people. CIFOR leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
The Christensen Fund partners with indigenous communities, scholars, artists, and activists to support projects in the United States and abroad to promote diversity through the biocultural intersection of biodiversity and traditional cultures. In the American Southwest, the Fund awards grants to increase the availability, abundance, and diversity of nutritious, culturally appropriate foods and seeds (as well as fibers, livestock, and medicines) to strengthen indigenous philanthropy and encourage native leadership.
As Africa’s largest sub-regional research organization, CORAF works with 23 national agricultural research systems in 23 West and Central Africa countries to enhance prosperity and ensure food security. Their research agenda includes food and farming systems, natural resource management, markets and trade, and biotechnology; their focus group includes small-scale producers and end-users. CORAF is a member of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.
The Community for Zero Hunger is an independent initiative that identifies specific priorities, knowledge, experiences, and sustainable solutions in the challenge to end hunger. In addition, they provide a collaborative platform to support the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge. The goals of the Hunger Challenge include 100 percent access to adequate food all year round, zero stunted children less than two years of age, sustainable food systems, a doubling in smallholder productivity and income, and zero food loss or waste. The organization brings together world leaders and draws on the expertise of governments, research organizations, and NGOs in order to identify specific solutions to eradicate hunger.
The Crop Trust was established by Bioversity International on behalf of the CGIAR and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to provide long-term grants to safeguard collections of unique and valuable crop diversity held in genebanks around the world. Their mission is to conserve crop diversity as a way of ensuring food security, adapting to climate change, reducing environmental degradation, protecting nutritional security, reducing poverty, and ensuring sustainable agriculture. Priority is given to crops of particular importance to the food security of least developed countries.
Tracing its origins to 1838, Duke University has evolved into one of the world’s leading institutions for education, research and patient care. At Duke University, the mission is to provide a superior liberal arts education, prepare people for lives of skilled and ethical service, advance the frontiers of knowledge, foster health and well being, and promote a sincere spirit of tolerance. Duke faculty and staff members work every day in support of this mission.
EAT Foundation is an international non-profit organization that works to transform the global food system from a climate, health and sustainability perspective. Our vision is a future where healthy and sustainable food is affordable, accessible and attractive to all. EAT connects leaders and innovators across disciplines – from academia to politics, business, civil society and the culinary arts – to close knowledge gaps, translate research results into plans of action, scale up solutions, raise awareness and create engagement. EAT has a track record of hosting impactful events, including the annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum and events at the UN General Assembly.
Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, Ecotrust has partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, the organization works to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being.
The Environmental Work Group (EWG) aims to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers work tirelessly to ensure someone is standing up for public health when government and industry won’t. Through reports, online databases, mobile apps and communications campaigns, EWG is educating and empowering consumers to make safer and more informed decisions about the products they buy and the companies they support.
The Facebook Community Leadership Program (FCLP) was created to provide community leaders with the leadership skills, technological know how, and tools to build diverse communities that bring people closer together, despite their differences.
Fairtrade is committed to changing the way trade has traditionally worked, which has disadvantaged the poorest producers. Through better prices, good working conditions and fairer trade terms for marginalized producers in developing countries, we continuously work to change the status quo and make trade fair. So, what is Fairtrade? Overall, we are a global system that supports the small-scale farmers and workers who grow produce Fairtrade products so that they can have more control over their lives.
The Family Farming Knowledge Platform gathers digitized quality information on family farming from all over the world; including national laws and regulations, public policies, best practices, relevant data and statistics, research, articles, and publications.
The goal of the Food Forever Initiative is to rally the support necessary from all stakeholders—be it politicians, farmers, chefs, businesses, or individuals—to drive a positive change in the way we conserve, grow, sell, and consume crop and livestock diversity. They work to implement Target 2.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment to protect what remains of diversity within our food system. The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) and the Netherlands Government provide the Initiative’s secretariat functions.
The Food Innovation Program is a full-time, advanced Master that guarantees a distinguished caliber of professors, opinion leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world who are at the forefront of food innovation.
Food Policy Action works for better national policies that make our food system more balanced and provide healthy, affordable food for all. Healthy food should not be a luxury; a tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies. Food Policy Action works to works to promote a healthy, sustainable food system by promoting positive policies, public education, issue advocacy, and holding legislators accountable for their votes on food and farm policy.
The Food Rescue Locator is a directory of organizations around that United States that rescue, glean, transport, prepare, and distribute food to the needy in their communities. These food rescue programs play an important role in feeding the hungry and the reduction of food waste. This locator tool is organized by Sustainable America.
The Food Rescue Locator is a directory of organizations around that United States that rescue, glean, transport, prepare, and distribute food to the needy in their communities. These food rescue programs play an important role in feeding the hungry and the reduction of food waste. This locator tool is organized by Sustainable America.
Forum for the Future is an independent nonprofit, established in 1996 to work globally with businesses, governments, and additional private and public sectors to solve complex sustainability challenges. Forum for the Future believes it is critical to transform the key systems we rely on to shape a brighter future and innovate for long-term success.
A joint program between EAT and WBCSD, Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH) is designed to accelerate transformational change in global food systems, to reach healthy, enjoyable diets for all, that are produced responsibly within planetary boundaries. To achieve this ambitious goal, FReSH has brought business and science to work together. It draws on knowledge and efforts from premier research institutions, and is working with the business community to develop successful, high-impact solutions.
The Germeshausen Foundation is a private, family foundation that supports organizations led by emerging leaders who have new ideas for addressing challenges in our society. Nearly all the programs they fund advance the idea of interconnectedness among people, and between people and the environment. They believe this is the best way to solve problems in our interdependent global community.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) launched at the U.N. in 2012. It is an international organization driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition and a goal of ending malnutrition within this lifetime. They focus their efforts on children and women while building alliances between businesses, government, and civil society to find solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. GAIN developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) program, which aims to make nutritious food more accessible and available for all.
The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations. They are a unique coalition where individual foundations are able to amplify their work, act together, and take a position on pressing global issues without compromising their own unique missions.
The Global Forum on Agricultural Research’s (GFAR) mission is to mobilize all stakeholders involved in agricultural research and innovation systems for development to catalyze actions toward alleviating poverty, increasing food security, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
Grist was founded in 1999 as one of the nation’s first online-only publications, covering serious topics without taking themselves too seriously. Its independent, nonprofit newsroom pursues in-depth stories on under-covered topics like clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a better economy. Grist elevates solutions, exposes inequity, and gives readers the context, knowledge, and tools to make a difference.
GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment. Our mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Over the years we’ve become a service organization: whether it’s operating the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or improving recycling awareness, if you’re a New Yorker, GrowNYC is working near you!
GRuB inspires positive personal and community change by bringing people together around food and agriculture. GRuB partners with youth and people with low-incomes to create empowering individual and community food solutions. By offering a variety of tools and training, GRuB works to build a just and sustainable food system.
Humanitas Global Development designs integrated initiatives that relevantly and respectfully bring about social, humanitarian, and environmental progress in communities worldwide. Humanitas Global believes that development deserves a fresh, bold, and cohesive approach that breaks down silos and promotes integration. Committed to actively engaging beneficiary communities as development initiatives are designed, Humanitas Global accounts for dynamics across sectors and spheres of influence that have great impact on the outcomes of a given initiative.
An international communication institution, Inter Press Service produces independent news and analysis on development, globalization, humans rights, and the environment. The main object of IPS is to provide a voice to the voiceless.
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. CIAT aims to reduce hunger and poverty and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture.
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international non-profit organization that undertakes scientific research for development. Through partnerships and demand-driven innovation, ICRISAT aims to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and environmental degradation in Sub-Saharan African and South Asia.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The Institute conducts research, communicates results, optimizes partnerships, and builds capacity to ensure sustainable food production, promote healthy food systems, improve markets and trade, transform agriculture, build resilience, and strengthen institutions and governance. Gender is considered in all of the Institute’s work. IFPRI collaborates with partners around the world, including development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, and farmers’ organizations.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD finances agricultural development projects, primarily for food production in developing countries.
The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in New York City. They are best known for the James Beard Award, the highest honor bestowed to food and beverage professionals in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to preserve, nurture, and celebrate the diverse culinary heritage and future in the United States. Apart from the award, the Foundation offers a variety of events and programs intended to educate, inspire, and entertain, in addition to promoting a fuller understanding of culinary culture. The James Beard Foundations maintains the James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village, where visiting chefs are celebrated for their talents.
Kiss the Ground is a nonprofit committed to inspiring global participation in soil regeneration: to sequester carbon, ensure abundant food, replenish water resources, and increase biodiversity for the benefit of all life. They create educational curriculum, campaigns, and media to raise awareness and empower individuals to purchase food that support healthy soils and a balanced climate. KTG also works with farmers, educators, NGOs, scientists, students, and policymakers to advocate for regenerative agriculture, raise funds to train farmers, and help brands and businesses to invest in healthy soils. Kiss the Ground has partnered with Big Picture Ranch, documentarians Josh and Rebecca Tickell, and Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio to release the self-titled documentary Kiss the Ground at the end of 2018.
Landesa Rural Development Institute (LRDI) is an organization that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. The organization partners with local governments in developing countries to help create laws, policies, and programs to foster social justice, economic growth, and opportunities for the communities. They often focus on creating and enforcing land rights for women. Landesa’s vision is a world free from poverty wherein people who depend on the land for their livelihood are provided the rights they need.
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Facilitating through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, the foundation is able use their resources to attend to, unite, and empower those they serve.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities.
The Millennium Institute enables decisionmakers to utilize systemic strategies to analyze and comprehend the interconnectedness among economic, social, and environmental factors, as well as issues of peace and security. In doing so, the institute is able to increase their capacity to implement sustainable policies. MI seeks to play a catalytic role in creating a global network of system-thinkers to solve critical 21st century challenges.
The More and Better Network (MaB) is a civil society network of about 125 organizations – farmers’ and fisherfolks’ organizations and NGOs in 47 countries as well as on regional and international level working together for more and better support to agriculture and rural development to eradicate hunger and poverty. MaB is also responsible for the webpage http://ag-transition.org where you will find reports about agroecology and other forms of sustainable agriculture published by many different organizations and institutions.
Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization that performs independent and investigative reporting on everything from politics and climate change to education and food. Mother Jones doesn’t answer to stockholders, a corporate parent company, or a deep-pocketed donor, but is instead held accountable, and funded by, its readers.
Since its founding in 1902, The National Farmers Union (NFU) has worked to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, fishers, ranchers, and rural communities through the advocacy of locally initiated policy positions. NFU believes that good opportunities in production agriculture are the foundation of strong farm and ranch families, which are the basis for thriving rural communities, which, in turn, are vital to the health, security, and economic well-being of the entire national economy.
The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Students whose lives are impacted by FFA and agricultural education will achieve academic and personal growth, strengthen American agriculture, and provide leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong nation, and a sustainable world.
The National Young Farmers Coalition represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success, envisioning a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. NYFC supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future.
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. Through the combination of a network of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe, NRDC works to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.
The New England Culinary Institute brings culinary arts and business together, teaching students to become experts in their culinary profession. NECI provides a strong foundation in technique and fundamental skills, providing NECI graduates with the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and guide their creative teams to develop and implement innovative concepts.
Northwestern Health Sciences University, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, prepares the next generation of healthcare professionals to deliver and advance health care. The school is a premier health sciences university creating a healthier world. With the help of partnerships, the university advances and promotes natural approaches to health through education, research, clinical services, and community engagement.
Nourish and Flourish brings readers thought-provoking editorial content and engaging photography that explores emerging trends in food, nutrition, technology, travel, and more. The special interest publication includes stories from photographers, writers, scientists, and designers from all over the world—from different age groups, cultures, and demographics. With three publications per year and online content, Nourish and Flourish hopes to connect its international readership back to nature, healthy food, and living well.
Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) is a specialist research, consulting & training firm that focuses on global ethical product industries. We have been encouraging sustainable development since our formation in 2001. Our organisation was established with the mission to assist operators in high-growth ethical industries by providing business intelligence.
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, they work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.
Passion for Pasta Advisory Council is a project of Barilla bringing together scientists, nutritionists, and researchers to encourage sustainable consumption of pasta. Pasta is a staple food in many homes around the world. But it has many more benefits than just providing a tasty meal. Pasta can be a sustainable and affordable food choice for people with any income and can help support healthy bodies and healthy environments.
Real Food Media believes books are central to understanding what’s broken in the food system and how to fix it by coming together to read, debate, question, discuss, and celebrate books through their Real Food Reads selection of the month. Each month, they deliver a fresh book idea, a podcast with the author of every month, and recipe pairings to bring food and drinks into your book discussions.
ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit that takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problems. ReFED has identified 27 of the best opportunities through the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, a first-of-its-kind economic analysis, making it easier for stakeholders across the food supply chain to meeting the national 50% reduction goal by 2030.
This project uses research, storytelling, and collective action to examine technological innovation in the United States food system with the aim of building a coalition of people to “refresh” the food system for the common good. The Refresh report presents a framework for discussing the impact of emerging technologies on the way we produce, distribute, and consume food.
Founded in 1948, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the nation’s largest community foundations — a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving life within a specific local region. Our mission is to mobilize resources and act as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together with community leaders, nonprofits, and donors, they are committed to advancing racial equity and economic inclusion to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to attend a good school, get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice.
In close collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Messe Düsseldorf intends to make a contribution to the fight against global food losses. The SAVE FOOD initiative aims at encouraging dialogue between industry, research, politics, and civil society on food losses. For this purpose, the initiative will regularly bring together stakeholders involved in the food supply chain for conferences and projects and will support them in developing effective measures. Another goal will be to raise public awareness of the impact of food waste.
The Save Our Soils campaign was initiated by Nature & More, as a partner in FAO’s Global Soil Partnership. The campaign aims to raise consumer awareness about the importance of soil for our health, food security and climate. It wants to make people aware of the problem of degraded soils, and point towards soilutions. Last but not least, the campaign aims to activate consumers to get creative and become soildiers for a better future.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, demonstrates leadership in sustainable practices and environmental justice. From LEED certified buildings to urban gardens, Seattle University has an extensive array of projects to make its campus as sustainable as possible. Sustainability is core to the university’s identity as it promotes human rights, care for the natural world, and the common good.
Skyberries Academy is organized by the Vertical Farm Institute in Vienna. This international summer school introduces participants to vertical farming, highlighting food, technology, business, and society to show how vertical farm is a structural element of the city. Professionals, students, and experts are welcome.
Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth, and food communities, we link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge, and environment that make this pleasure possible. Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean, and fair food for all.
Stop Food Waste Day is about educating and igniting change. As a global leader in food service, Compass Group US introduced Stop Food Waste Day in 2017 before going global in 2018. Their commitment to tackling food waste is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goal #12.5 as we work to halve food waste by 2030. Their commitment stretches from working with suppliers, implementing sustainable practices in our operations and raising the public profile of the issue.
The Sustainable Food Trust is dedicated to influencing and formulating solutions to create a food production system that mitigates harm to both humans and the environment. The Trust works to develop solutions to food system problems through leadership and collaboration, communications and citizen engagement, and research and policy.
The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems develops innovative ideas and solutions to the many challenges of current food systems. Taking a holistic and transdisciplinary approach, the Center’s work encompasses water and energy use, carbon footprint and nutrition, innovations in agtech, and the well-being and livelihood of farmers and others working in food systems.
The overall objective of Tanzania Graduate Farmers Association (TGFA) is to promote agriculture by adopting and advocating for effective best practices, techniques, innovation, science, and technology supported by policies and regulations in the sector of sustainable development in the social, political and economic transformation in Tanzania.
Your ideas and Big Bets matter. What idea, innovation or thought would you encourage the world community to adopt to maximize the chances that we reach the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030?
The Climate Collaborative was born from a belief shared by natural food leaders that industry has great potential to reverse climate change by working together. The Climate Collaborative is formed by concerned businesses from the natural products industry working to collaboratively to catalyze bold action, amplify the voice of business and promote sound policy to reverse climate change.
Ecosystems and agricultural & food systems are typically evaluated in isolation from one another, despite their many and significant links. The economic invisibility of many of these links is a major reason for this ‘silo’ thinking. However, ecosystems are the ecological home in which crop and livestock systems thrive and produce food for humans, and in turn agricultural practices, food production, distribution and consumption impose several unquantified externalities on ecosystems and human health and well-being.
The Economist Events hosts Sustainability Summits worldwide, and they have partnered with Food Tank to organize the Inaugural U.S. Sustainability Summit. This Summit will bring together over 200 leading business executives, policy makers, investors, and critical thinkers to discuss the technological adaptations that a sustainable future requires. The U.S. conference will cover a wide variety of topics, such as policy, business sustainability goals, infrastructure, impact investing, the circular economy, climate change, and precious resources.
The Foundation’s Food Waste Program seeks to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste by directing it towards its highest and best use – ultimately feeding more people and reducing the environmental impact of food waste. The Food Waste Program is particularly concerned about the issue of food being wasted while people in our communities remain hungry.
The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. GW has more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines, from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law, and public policy.
The Land Institute is a science-based research organization working to develop an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices. Their work is dedicated to advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976, The Land Institute is committed to researching and developing food production methods that sustain the land and soil.
The One Acre Fund is a micro-investment organization based in Africa and devoted to helping smallholder farmers become self-reliant by providing them with the resources they need to be successful. Africa’s hungriest people are smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers have largely been neglected by the modern agricultural industry. They struggle to obtain access seeds, financing, insurance, risk spreading programs, efficient workable markets, and decent storage facilities. As a result, farming families regularly suffer from a “hunger season,” a period of time of a month or longer when food is scarce or nonexistent. The One Acre Fund envisions a future where every farm family has the knowledge, materials, and support necessary to satisfy their basic needs.
The Overbrook Foundation is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment. The Overbrook Foundation was established in New York in 1948 by Helen and Frank Altschul. The Foundation took its name from Overbrook Farm, the Altschul family home in Stamford, CT. The Overbrook Foundation awarded approximately $6.1 million in grants in 2014. Since its inception, the Foundation has given away more than $176 million.
The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission — unchanged since 1913 — is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, creates unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot.
The Wallace Center is part of the Enterprise and Agriculture Group at Winrock International and focuses on addressing social, economic, and environmental needs in the United States using market-based approaches. They draw expertise from other Winrock International programs, such as Renewable and Clean Energy, Agriculture, Women’s Empowerment, Youth Leadership and Education, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, and Ecosystems Services. The Wallace Center develops partnerships and learning networks, pilots new ideas, and advances solutions to strengthen communities through resilient farming and food systems.
Founded in 2011, TFF is a fast-growing community of more than 1,000 brilliant students, ambassadors, and mentors from 24 countries on six continents, cross-fertilized by networks of thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and multinational experts. The annual TFF Challenge calls on university students from all fields of study to explore the complex challenges of food security, as they generate and prototype new projects that address the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. TFF aims to play a key role in resolving global food security challenges by tapping into the unique skills and talents of the Millennial generation, and by providing state-of-the-art educational tools, mentorship, connections, and seed funding.
True Health Initiative (THI) is a public health communication & education campaign. At its core is the global consensus on lifestyle as medicine. As a growing coalition of thousands, supported by an expert council of 450 Directors from more than 40 countries, we disseminate and demonstrate the evidence-based fundamentals of healthy eating and healthy living. By sharing the truth in one voice, we envision a planet where all people live long and healthy lives, free of preventable chronic disease and premature death.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Their mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an organization committed to achieving food security for all. The mandate of the FAO is to improve agricultural productivity; contribute to the growth of the world economy; raise levels of nutrition; and better the lives of rural populations. FAO accomplishes these objectives by creating and sharing critical information about agriculture, food, and natural resources; however, the information does not flow one way. Additionally, the FAO acts as a liaison among different partners with varied levels of expertise to connect those who have the information and those who need it. This turning of knowledge into action creates a mutually reinforcing cycle.
Founded in 1898, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business remains a leading institution with degree programs offered on three continents.
The Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS) program serves to train new generations of food system professionals to actively solve real-world problems through work in agriculture, policy-making, planning, business, research, health sciences and education. SCFS is a multidisciplinary education program that incorporates problem-based and hands-on learning to develop food system professionals capable of solving real-world problems and enhancing Hawai‘i’s food system.
The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) is a global community dedicated to the development and marketing of products that conserve threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. WFEN’s mission is to protect wildlife in wild places by certifying enterprises that assure people and nature coexist and thrive.
Consistent with the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme, World Food Program USA works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations, and individuals to help provide financial resources and develop policies needed to alleviate global hunger.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, working to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI is working on six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future: climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities & transport.
The World Rural Forum (WRF) is a forum for the analysis and observation of rural development. The WRF has established agreements with universities, educational research centers, farmers’ associations, and NGOs, with strong links to grassroots organizations. This work enables reliable information regarding analyzing the problems of farmers, ranchers, and rural residents in different areas throughout the world, and developing proposals for action.
Young Professionals for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) is an international movement by young professionals, for young professionals. YPARD’s mission is to serve as a global collective platform through which young professionals can realize their full potential and contribute proactively toward innovative agricultural development.