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Preventing a global-scale famine

Ariel Conn 1 December 2021

In the last two years, we’ve seen that a global shock like a pandemic can have many unexpected and cascading impacts. Moreover, the pandemic didn’t occur in a vacuum. In addition to dealing with the …


A moment between then and now

Ruth Richardson 30 November 2021

We must take the opportunity offered by events to reconfigure the world’s food systems – and that involves seeing them as systems When we first sat down to conceptualise this issue, we thought about the …


In profile: Food Systems Philanthropy

Alliance magazine 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

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 …

Philanthropy’s role past and future

Michael Quinn Patton 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Growing more food has been the global response to food insecurity. It will no longer suffice and philanthropy should be prepared to lend its hand to a more thoroughgoing change In the build-up to the UN …

Gathering evidence is a broad endeavour

Jane Maland Cady 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Scientific research is not the only form of inquiry that is valid in assessing the virtues of agricultural practice In 2006, Bettina Haussmann was researching pearl millet breeding in Niger. With a PhD from Hohenheim University …

Business as usual is a non-starter

Jennifer Astone and Rex Raimond 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Covid-19 revealed the weaknesses of current food systems but also highlighted initiatives which could be transformative When the Covid-19 pandemic closed down markets, borders, and trucking, it exposed the limitations of global food supply chains. …

Modern Grantmaking: A guide for funders who believe better is possible

Michael Alberg-Seberich 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich, Managing director, Wider Sense This book is two things: first, a practical toolbox for everybody working in the field of grantmaking. Second, the manifestation – not a manifesto – of a …

Empire of Pain: The secret history of the Sackler dynasty

Robin Heller 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Robin Heller, President, The Athena Advisors When the Serpentine art gallery opened in London in 2013, it was named after the Sackler family, long known for contributions to art, medicine and education. Earlier …

Manufacturing moral panic

Heather Hamilton and Matthew Hart 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Think the ‘anti-gender’ movement has nothing to do with your philanthropy? Think again Four years ago, Elevate Children Funders Group and the Global Philanthropy Project began working together to increase philanthropic awareness of the issues …

Hobson’s choice – tax and philanthropy

Charles Keidan 30 November 2021

Too often, asking wealthy people to give more philanthropically or requiring them to pay more tax is presented as a binary choice. But does it have to be this way?  Graham Hobson is an unusually …