Integrated Data Systems Initiative

Convened by EAT Foundation


The Integrated Data Systems Initiative aims to provide financial decision-makers in the public, private, and multilateral sectors with new tools to assess the landscape of risk and opportunity (wider, long-term value-creation potential) inherent in resilience-building practices, emerging business models, and standardize the practice of “good food finance”.

Current financial data systems are focused on providing information about financial returns, but are not effectively integrating earth systems data; including risk and resilience across climate, food, health, and sustainable development.


The Data Systems Catalyst Group

Brings together experts, practitioners and GFFN members to identify relevant technological and methodological connections, to make that intelligent interaction possible.

The Data Systems Catalyst Group is working towards solutions including:
  1. Development of integrated, multisystem, multiscale performance metrics, tracing financial return, food security, human health impacts, and system-level resilience, to provide an overall assessment of wider value creation;
  2. Survey of existing data systems, including their technological, physical and digital constraints and limitations, and which underlying technologies are in use to make each of these work;
  3. Practical strategies for integrating multiple non-financial data systems into financial data, based on work under areas 1 and 2;
  4. Evolutionary integration models—which digital, neural networking or AI approaches, make it possible to build multisystem, multiscale data platforms that not only integrate operationally distinct kinds of information, but produce accurate outputs and can evolve over time, as more is known about the meaning of specific multisystem insights;
  5. Identifying exemplary and theoretical/emerging business models that will exist specifically because this kind of data integration becomes possible.

Science and Data for Healthy, Sustainable & Equitable Outcomes, at the United Nations

On Wednesday, April 12, the President of the General Assembly Csaba Kőrösi hosted a day-long Special Plenary Science Briefing for the General Assembly, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Olav Kjørven shared GFFN work on Data Systems Integration and development of the Co-Investment Platform for Food Systems Transformation.

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Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement invites integrated data systems

Article 6.8 of the Paris Agreement envisions ‘non-market’ approaches to international cooperative climate crisis response—any way of working together to accelerate climate action that is not emissions trading. The optimal decision-support data will determine whether such cooperative arrangements operate with the ambition needed for economy-wide transformation.

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To get involved in the Data Systems Catalyst Group, please contact:

Joe Robertson at

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