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Food System Transformation in Turbulent Times – Interview with GFFN Partners WBCSD and Food Systems for the Future
Expert Interview featuring GFFN Principals & core partners Diane Holdorf – Executive Vice President at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) & Ertharin Cousin – CEO and Founder of Food Systems for the Future (FSF) discuss the urgen need for a fast response to food systems transformations and the importance of adequate and accessible financing.
The Discussion paper from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) presents a snapshot of current challenges and opportunities associated with blended finance and calls for a radical sectoral shift in agriculture, using commercial banks, development finance institutions and other financial intermediaries as enablers for food systems transformation. It provides a situation analysis and a proposed action plan that was discussed in-depth during the GFFN Event ‘Strengthening collaboration between private and public banks to scale up finance for sustainable food systems”.
PRESS RELEASE — An international group of finance leaders are coming together to accelerate the mobilization of finance for healthier, more sustainable, and inclusive food systems. 21 September 2021—As the world is preparing for the landmark United Nations Food Systems Summit on 23 September 2021, finance leaders who have recognized the vital role of foodContinue reading “Finance leaders join forces to launch Good Food Finance Network”
EVENT — The 2nd Good Food Finance High-Level Leaders Roundtable took place on Monday, 20 September 2021, and launched the Good Food Finance Network. Network members will collaborate toward instrumentation of a global transition to finance for sustainable food systems. Food systems as they are now generate trillions of dollars in unfunded hidden costs—degrading climateContinue reading “2nd Good Food Finance High-Level Leaders Roundtable”
This joint FAO-UNDP-UNEP report calls for governments to rethink the way agriculture is subsidized and supported. The majority (87%) of $540 billion of support to agricultural producers is either price distorting or harmful to nature and health. Repurposing this support can help transform food systems and achieve the SDGs.
This Finance for Biodiversity (F4B) report is the first to cover the interplay between food and finance. It has been prepared in the context of F4B’s collaboration with the Food System Economics Commission (FSEC), and as a contribution to the UN Food Systems Summit, as well as ongoing international climate and biodiversity negotiations.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date in the year when the annual capacity of our planet to regenerate what we take from it is used up. Beyond this point, we eat into our planet’s natural capital. That day comes earlier every year, and our food systems are at the heart of this. GFFN partners Gunhild Stordalen and Jeremy Coller, along with Prof. Johan Rockström, published an op-ed to mark Earth Overshoot Day, examine the role of food systems, and highlight the need to secure a safe operating space for humanity.
On April 30, 2021, the Good Food Finance Initiative convened its first high-level Leaders Roundtable. The meeting brought together key leaders and innovators to discuss a Good Food Finance Mission Statement, insights for rethinking return on investment, and work toward a multi-year Action Agenda for transforming food-related finance.
The State of Finance of Nature tracks global trends in public and private investment in nature-based solutions, aiming to improve data quality and identify opportunities for governments, businesses and financiers. This year’s report calls for investments in nature-based solutions to triple by 2030 and to increase four-fold by 2050 from the current level. While an increase in public funding would help plug some of the gap, there needs to be a significant increase in private sector investment in Nature-based solutions.
The global food and agriculture sector receives more than US$700 billion in public support each year, but much of this is not currently geared toward addressing this challenge. This policy brief produced by Just Rural Transition (JRT) explains how countries support their food and agriculture sectors, why much of this financial assistance is in need of repurposing, and what this process looks like in practice.
The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land found that consumption of food, feed, fibre, timber and energy have caused unprecedented rates of land and freshwater use, with soil erosion from agriculture up to 100 times higher than the soil formation rate, increasing net GHG emissions and loss of natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
‘Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems: Food, Planet Health’ EAT – Lancet Commission Summary Report
The EAT-Lancet report is the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.
The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) report ‘Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use’ details critical steps for transforming food systems and achieving a future of sustainable land use. It found food systems generate $12 trillion per year in “hidden” environmental, health and poverty costs, leaving us with net costs of $2 trillion per year, globally.