Food Action Alliance

Introduction

The Food Action Alliance (FAA) is a coalition of organisations and initiatives, who through collective action aim to produce food efficiently and sustainably, that is accessible to all, in support of a transition to healthier diets and improved environmental outcomes.

The FAA’s vision is of sustainable food systems that deliver better, faster, and at scale on food security and nutrition, inclusive growth and decent jobs, environmental sustainability and climate resilience, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Food Action Alliance focuses on achieving the coordination and cooperation that can address these challenges and surface new opportunities, with the promise of greater impact for existing initiatives and accelerated transformation of food systems.

Delivering on a global agenda for transformation

The Food Action Alliance aims to act as a vehicle to deliver on the aims of major agenda setting processes, including the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. The UN Food Systems Summit 2021 provides an initial roadmap to advance flagship initiatives that can deliver on country-driven agendas for food systems transformation.

The Alliance builds on a model of partnership for value chain action extensively implemented by the World Economic Forum under the New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) initiative – which has catalysed over 100 value chain initiatives in 25 countries in the past decade – and partner-driven initiatives. Its ambition is to take a number of existing initiatives and partnerships to the next level, empowering them to collectively have a transformative impact on food systems worldwide.

The Food Action Alliance was catalysed by the World Economic Forum, International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Rabobank, and today engages a broad set of partners from various organisations from government, business, international organisations, civil society and farmer organisations.

Context for action

Food systems are complex and currently unsustainable for both people and planet. Sustainably nourishing a global population of 9.7 billion by 2050, while meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will require food systems that are inclusive, sustainable, efficient, nutritious and healthy. The transformation of food systems requires better functioning value chains, and in turn, this requires more coordinated action. Moreover, such transformation requires bridging between value chain actions and solutions to food system challenges that lie in other realms – from environmental science to nutrition policy and programmes, from finance to climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives, among others.

The 2030 Agenda requires food systems to accelerate and improve delivery on all fronts at the same time. All these fronts are inter-related, and progress on one cannot happen without affecting progress on another. It is thus critical to pursue opportunities for win-win progress across food system functions, but also to manage possible trade-offs effectively and transparently. This calls for a common platform for all different stakeholders in support of food systems transformation.

A growing portfolio of flagships

The Food Action Alliance has endorsed a model supporting flagship initiatives, which are intended to be multistakeholder and demonstrate impact at scale; solve for complexity through collective action; achieve a tipping point in relation to a specific aspect of food system transition and; consolidate understanding of the scale of effort required in achieving success.

The Food Action Alliance Portfolio consists of 15 flagships with a robust pipeline of other initiatives. Flagships can demonstrate comprehensive action towards achieving a specific pathway transition agenda or sector wide transformation by: aligning micro and macro aspects into a coherent focus; identifying viable technologies more quickly that have global or regional replicability; appropriately targeting a comprehensive package of incentives to catalyze transition oriented investments and achieve the appropriate economies of scale; and all at the same time building towards achieving a greater degree inclusivity.

Country or regional flagships can aim to clearly and tangibly demonstrate systems wide transition in line with specific national or jurisdictional priorities. Flagships developed for local contexts can coordinate governments, industry and society to support and reinforce each other’s actions, ultimately developing a self-sustaining transition politically, technologically, socially and economically.

The portfolio consists of initiatives across a variety of food groups (e.g., grains, fruits, etc.) and different steps in the value chain (e.g., producers, processors, etc. Initiatives span life stages, from newly scoped in a ‘blueprint’ phase to pilot scaling – these differences shape the type of support provided by the Food Action Alliance.

Further information on Food Action Alliance flagships can be found here.  

Joining the Food Action Alliance

Food Action Alliance Partners receive a number of unique benefits through engaging with the Food Action Alliance and its flagships. These include opportunities across the following areas:

·      Drive systemic change in key food systems impact areas by helping to incubate and scale groundbreaking, transformative initiatives

·      Join and contribute towards a portfolio of investible flagships, positioned to collectively mobilize investment and partnerships

·      Be recognized as a thought leader / driver of positive change in the food and agriculture space, both regionally through the hubs and globally through the Food Action Alliance platform and 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

·      Develop close relationships with other Food Action Alliance partners to collaborate on other initiatives, share learnings and enhance collective impact

Organizations can engage on a number of levels and with varying forms of commitment, joining as Strategic or Affiliate Partners. If your organization is interested in joining the Food Action Alliance, please reach out to contact@foodactionalliance.org.

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