The Rockefeller Foundation commits $105 million to make healthy, sustainable food more accessible around the world
The Foundation’s largest-ever investment in food and nutrition aims to reach 40 million underserved people in three years with Good Food that benefits human health, protects the planet and creates equitable opportunity
NEW YORK, March 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Rockefeller Foundation launched its new Good Food strategy, which will invest $105 million over three years to increase access to healthy and sustainable food for 40 million underserved people around the world. The program will support a shift in public and private spending towards nutritious food, regenerate the environment and create equitable economic opportunities for people at every stage of the food supply chain. The new strategy builds on the Foundation’s investment in powering the food system with renewable energy, part of its historical $1 billion commitments to an inclusive and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and as an anchor partner of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.
The Good Food Strategy recognizes that the way the world produces and consumes food is failing both people and the planet. Despite the food system 9 trillion dollars market value, two-thirds of people living in extreme poverty are agricultural workers and their families. Unhealthy diets are responsible for one in five deaths worldwide and the food system generates more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions.
“Due to climate change, food prices were already the highest in a decade, even before Russia barbarian invasion of Ukraine further decimated global food supplies. Today, the world stands on the brink of a global humanitarian crisis,” said dr. Rajiv ShahPresident, Rockefeller Foundation. “The world must act – and act now. With this new commitment, the largest for nutrition in our history, The Rockefeller Foundation will help increase the supply of healthy, nutritious food and reinvent our food systems to make them more resilient. for the future. “
Over the next three years, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Good Food strategy will focus on three levers to increase access to healthy, affordable food; reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the food system; and expanding economic opportunities for small and medium food producers:
Good food data and scientific innovations: Investments will support metrics and data systems that better inform decision makers about the true costs and benefits of our food. This will include expanding existing investments in Actual cost accounting, which assesses all food system costs beyond what consumers pay in stores; standardize and democratize the principles, outcomes and parameters of regenerative/agroecological agriculture, including connecting a fleet of demonstration projects that show the potential for impact of regenerative agriculture; harmonize definitions of food quality; and launch the Food Initiative Periodic Tablea global effort to create a public database containing the complete biochemical composition and function of the most important foods from around the world.
Good food policy: The Rockefeller Foundation will advance effective, data-driven policies that improve access to good food for millions of people. A major focus will be to strengthen food is medicine diet-related disease programs, which include product prescription programs and the integration of food as a covered healthcare benefit to help patients access foods that support their health.
Good food buy: The Good Food Strategy will help large institutions, including schools and hospitals, use their existing food procurement budgets to buy and supply food that benefits people and the planet. This includes piloting a program in Rwanda to test the transition from processed grains to whole grains in school feeding programs. This also includes supporting the development of Buy Good Food program standards to guide institutions around the world in making food choices that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable food future.
“The world spends way too much on food that is bad for people and bad for the planet,” said Roy SteinerSenior Vice President, Food Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation. “The costs multiply in long-term damage to public health, the environment and the livelihoods of people working in food supply chains. Our Good Foods Strategy aims to reverse these trends, encouraging progress towards a food system that respects the land and all peoples.”
The new strategy builds on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decades-long commitment to food systems innovation. While historical approaches focused on increasing the amount of food produced to avert starvation, the Foundation works today to ensure that quality food is widely accessible and affordable, and that food policy and decision making purchasing are guided by a full understanding of the costs and benefits of what we eat. Last year, the Foundation launched the Actual Food Cost Reportwho assessed all the ways in which food systems United States impact on health, environment, biodiversity, livelihoods, and more, seeing that the true cost of food is three times its value. To inspire bold ideas for the future of food, the foundation also recently supported the Food Systems Vision Prize, an invitation to organizations around the world to develop visions of the regenerative, equitable and nourishing food system they aspire to achieve. create by 2050.
About the Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy founded on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology and innovation to enable individuals, families and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal. Our goal is to develop renewable energies for all, to stimulate economic mobility and to ensure equitable access to healthy and nutritious food. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at www.rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.
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