The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is a coalition of foundations that have come together to help engender a transition towards sustainable food and agricultural systems that promote security and equity. It recently commissioned a report overviewing the relevant philanthropic landscape. The report includes:
- Profiles of 24 donors working on food and agriculture – we are delighted to be included amongst them;
- Identification of critical issues facing sustainable food and agriculture systems; and
- Case studies that illustrate collaborative and holistic approaches to addressing these critical issues, such as the AgroEcology Fund, of which Synchronicity Earth is a member.
The 18 critical issues identified include: agriculture intensification; land tenure; global population increases and shifts; changing consumption dynamics; food waste and market access; climate change mitigation and adaptation; nutrition and public health; policy for food and agriculture; and water.
The report showcases just how connected issues relating to food and agriculture are to environmental and social issues: the dominant model for producing food threatens marine, forest and freshwater ecosystems and the species that depend on them; contributes to climate change; drives inequality, poverty and hunger; and degrades knowledge about traditional food systems that work alongside, rather than separate from nature.