Bringing sustainable food systems to the heart of the finance agenda.
The Good Food Finance Network is a multi-stakeholder collaborative innovation platform, working to develop the critical innovations that will allow sustainable food system finance to become the mainstream standard. The Network was founded by EAT, FAIRR Initiative, Food Systems for the Future, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) is a core partner of the GFFN, in close collaboration with Rabobank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), S2G Ventures, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Just Rural Transition, and other supporting partners.
The Good Food Finance Network builds on and takes forward the outcomes of the Finance Lever of the UN Food Systems Summit, through a process of collaborative multisectoral innovation. It integrates the previous Good Food Finance Initiative and Finance Network for Food Systems into a single go-to platform for finance leaders to engage in food systems transformation:
- To raise ambition and develop commitments from financial institutions, governments, and corporates to address critical challenges to mobilizing finance for food systems transformation;
- To drive action towards the SDG deadline in 2030, by bringing together partners to identify, develop, deploy, and mainstream the optimal financial instruments, strategies, and enabling policies, that can generate food systems that sustain the health of people, Nature, and whole economies.
A food finance Action Agenda for the 21st century
The Good Food Finance Network is shaping an Action Agenda, to maximize the flow of critical innovation insights across sectors, and between levels of local relevance and global reach.
The Action Agenda builds on and amplifies existing initiatives, including the Food Finance Architecture developed by the UN Food System Summit’s Finance Lever. It addresses major financial imperatives linked to food systems transformation, and to the health and resilience of people, Nature, economies, and financial holdings.
By working deliberately and collaboratively on Actionable Areas of Innovation—emerging from a year of work with our Innovation Experts Group and a group of senior technical advisors from the public, private, and multilateral sectors—the GFFN builds on proven and scalable financial instruments and business strategies, identifying enabling policies to turn emerging innovations into mainstream reality. We cannot afford to allow food systems as they are to continue degrading human health, the resilience of natural systems, and the stability of whole economies.
Working for a healthy, sustainable future, requires us to find the financial mechanisms that optimize and accelerate the pace of change. The GFFN brings together high-level leaders, technical experts, and agropreneurs from the finance, business, and the public sector to make this happen.
The Road Ahead
In 2023, the Good Food Finance Network is driving progress in its priority areas of action and focusing on these global key events:
- January 16-21 — WEF Annual Meeting (Davos), Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference 2023 (GFFA)
- April 24 -28 — Good Food Finance Week 2023 (including Leaders Dialogue)
- July 24-26 — UN Food Systems Coordination Hub Stocktaking Moment
- September 12-30 — Climate Week NYC, UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)
- November 30 – December 12 — 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28)