In profile: Food Systems Philanthropy

Alliance magazine

From production to distribution and consumption, philanthropy helps to shape global food systems. Here is a snapshot of some of the principal organisations and groups active in the field.

Funders for Regenerative Agriculture (FORA) aims to increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture over the next five years as a means of countering climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity and social and economic inequality. Based in the US and launched by Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Transformational Investing in Food Systems, members include individual foundations such as the Walton Family Foundation and the Cedar Tree Foundation, funder collaboratives and advisory groups including Ktisis Capital, Gaia Fund and Fresh Taste, and other groups such as California Foodshed Funders and First Nations Development Institute. FORA works by sharing knowledge among the philanthropic community about regenerative agriculture, connecting and coordinating initiatives with similar groups in other regions and aligning and pooling funds. Its core principles include putting stewards of the land first and respecting and valuing difference.

Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) is a three-year initiative from 2000-22 to enable foundations to deploy capital to transform food systems in partnership with farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, fund managers and others. Its guiding principles include renewability, resilience, equity, inclusivity and connectedness. TIFS’ aims are to facilitate member and stakeholder investment in transformational food systems, to analyse the landscape of aligned funds in transformational agriculture, to support investors to deploy investments in these funds and in general to influence how the field of aligned capital advances.

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