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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 and 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.
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).
Change Food helps promote healthy and sustainable eating by educating the public about problems in the United States food system. Change Food highlights what can be and what is being done to dismantle the adverse effects of industrial agriculture, and also encourages sustainable solutions to improve access to healthy, nutritious food. Change Food seeks to develop and implement creative projects that raise awareness and educate individuals about various aspects of the sustainable food and farming movement. In addition, their programs inspire and invigorate the sustainable food movement, reaching beyond the already-converted to a broader audience. Change Food is the lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat.”
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.
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.
EAT: Stockholm Food Forum is a global event bringing together global leaders and experts in food, health, and sustainability to help develop goals, strategies, and guidelines to meet the interconnected challenges of hunger and malnutrition, chronic disease, climate change, and environmental degradation. The 2015 EAT Stockholm Food Forum will take place this June in Sweden.
EndFoodWaste.org is a website and campaign created and managed by Feeding the 5000 Oakland Event Manager and Zero Food Waste Forum Co-Chair Jordan Figueiredo. In the United States, 40 percent of food is wasted while 1 in 6 people are food insecure and 14 percent of human-made emissions come from the food we waste. It is through the intersection of those issues, as the environmental and social challenges of our time, that sparked the website motto “To End Food Waste, Hunger, and Climate Change. All at the Same Time.” Bringing these three issues together provides greater awareness and inspiration as they are very well connected in problem and in solutions such as food waste prevention and food recovery, among other things.
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, researches, articles and publications.
Food Day promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food through a grassroots advocacy campaign. Their goal is to improve national food policies through a single-day celebration in October in addition to yearlong educational efforts. Food Day focuses on changing consumer food choices to protect public health, decrease hunger rates, protect agricultural workers, and support the humane treatment of farm animals. Food Day is raising awareness of the need for a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable food system.
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 Revolution Day is a global campaign to put compulsory practical food education back on the school curriculum. Founder, Jamie Oliver, passionately believes that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives, for themselves and their future families.
Founded in 2014, Food-X is the first international business accelerator program focused on launching food-related ventures with a multi-stage evergreen fund, SOSventures. Food-X partners with early-stage food entrepreneurs to bring out their best potential and take them and their products and services successfully to market in the areas of food & beverage, health, and environment that are ripe for disruption.
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.
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.
The Healthy Fare for Kids is a grassroots initiative seeks healthier food options for children on restaurants menus. Their goal is to improve the overall health of children in America, starting with kids in Chicago. With the rate of childhood obesity escalating at an alarming rate, Healthy Fare for Kids wants restaurants to help mitigate this issue.
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 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.
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.
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.
Natural Gourmet Institute provides exceptional, innovative and interdisciplinary health-supportive culinary education. Rooted in Dr. Annemarie Colbin’s seven criteria for food selection, our curriculum empowers chefs, individuals and communities to be leaders in the conversation about food and wellbeing through the preparation of healthful and delicious meals. By making mindful and deliberate decisions about the ingredients we source, we advocate and utilize a sustainable food system that respects the earth’s natural resources and the people who make each meal possible.
Nutrients for All is a collaborative Ashoka initiative seeking to promote a food system that sustains the nutrition and health of eaters everywhere. The organization supports research that will change the metrics and tools we use to measure nourishment, and also operates field trials with populations at risk of malnutrition and undernourishment, such as pregnant women, infants, and adolescents. By doing so, Nutrients for All aims to better understand the most effective methods of ensuring health and nutrition.
A specialist research, consulting and training company that focuses on global sustainable product industries. We organize the Sustainable Foods Summit, which covers developments in eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry. The summit is regularly hosted in Europe (June), Latin America (June) and North America (January). More details are on http://www.sustainablefoodssummit.com.
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.
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.
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.
The Farm to Table International Symposium (F2T) features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2T explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. Topics include farming and aquaculture, fisheries, sustainability, social and digital interactive media, food security and safety, food law and policy, food science and GMO, artisanal and slow food and drink, and fair trade.
Stuart Family Foundation
The Stuart Family Foundation, located in Lake Forest, IL, reflects the philanthropic vision of its founder, Robert D. Stuart, Jr., former chairman of the Quaker Oats Company and U.S. Ambassador to Norway, and his children and grandchildren. Major areas of focus include the impact of the media, civic education, federal election reform, national security, and the prevention of obesity.
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.
TakePart—a digital news and lifestyle magazine and social action platform for the conscious consumer—is a division of Participant Media, the company behind Pivot Television Network and important films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman, Food, Inc., Good Night & Good Luck, Charlie Wilson’s War, Contagion, The Help, and many others.
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.
TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is licensed and organized by Diane Hatz, founder and executive director of Change Food. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
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?
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 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 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.
Think.Eat.Save, a collaborative initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other international organizations, works to reverse food loss and food waste by providing consumers, retailers, leaders, and the community with advice and ways to take action to limit wasteful practices.
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.
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.
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Located just west of Sacramento, UC Davis is one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions.
Founded in 1898, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business remains a leading institution with degree programs offered on three continents.
A public institution, the University of Sao Paulo, remains the largest and most prestigious university in Brazil.
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.
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.