A new report – “Beacons of Hope: Accelerating Transformations to Sustainable Food Systems” – launched today by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development showcases 21 initiatives from across the world that are working to achieve sustainable, equitable, and secure food systems. Each contributes inspiring solutions to urgent global issues. One’s such as the climate emergency, migration, urbanization, and the need for healthier and more sustainable diets.
Building on the outcomes of the IPCC’s Special Report on Land, the 21 initiatives are evidence that transformation is possible and point clearly to the nature- and people-based solutions available to us.
- Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming, a government-backed chemical-free program that promotes food resilience through traditional farming and agroecological processes. Knowledge and skills are shared through farmer-to-farmer mentoring, with plans to scale from 180,000 farmers today to 6 million in Andhra Pradesh, India, by 2024.
- Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO), promoting income generation, biodiversity conservation, and food security in Zambia by training poachers to be farmers. Skilling farmers in agroecological approaches helps generate an alternative income and livelihood to (illegal) hunting of wildlife.
- EOSTA, a business in the Netherlands that produces and imports sustainable, organic, and fair-trade fruits and vegetables. It provides full traceability of their products and promotes true cost accounting. In order to build a sustainable market between producers and consumers.
- MASIPAG, a farmer-led network of civil society organizations, NGOs, and scientists. In the Philippines sustainably managing biodiversity through farmer bred and controlled rice production, seeds and biological resources.
- Zero Waste San Francisco, a local government initiative to reorganize waste management in the city. Through a means of shifting to a circular system. They reduce waste by targeting growers and food businesses with informative campaigns. This creates links for wholesalers with food banks, changing consumer behaviors, and more.
The report also provides policymakers, investors, funders, businesses, and researchers with a comprehensive Food Systems Transformation Toolkit. The toolkit is built on the Global Alliance’s principles of renewability, health, equity, resilience, diversity, and interconnectedness as a guide for collective action.
Ruth Richardson, Executive Director at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food said:
“There’s little doubt that we need systemic change and a shift in power dynamics for safe and fair food future. As our new report makes clear, though our current food system is behind most of the world’s environmental problems, it is also the source of the solutions we need. It’s now on us, as a global community, to recognize that the transformations we need are already occurring. and to turn our energies towards accelerating this process. This starts with better understanding how to support and facilitate these transformative processes in place-based, contextual ways, which makes this report an invaluable asset to those who want to transform policy, practice, and mindsets.”
Andreas Schriber, CEO at Biovision said:
“Tis is the key to solving humanity’s biggest challenges, in particular, the climate and biodiversity crisis. Not to mention addressing malnutrition and hunger – lies within food systems. There is so much to learn from the Beacons of Hope. It is our duty to spread the word and establish a new narrative of hope and optimism. We can prove that big transformations are feasible. We are not doomed to continue to move towards ecologic and social collapse. The Beacons show what is possible and are an example for others.”