Food

Our mission is to create a food system that delivers sustainable nutrition: giving everyone access to healthy and nutritious food and diets, while protecting and restoring the natural environment and ensuring decent livelihoods.

Food is at the heart of many of the world’s environmental, social and economic challenges. The issues – from soil health to public health – are complex and interconnected, and cannot be solved by addressing food production or consumption separately. Sustainable nutrition is a powerful guiding principle for accelerating progress towards a sustainable food system – it helps to better understand and act on the connections between agriculture, environment, food, nutrition and health. That kind of joined-up systems thinking is critical if we’re to achieve the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the global agreement to keep climate change below 1.5°C of global warming.

Through one-to-one partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaborations with other ambitious organisations, Forum for the Future tackles complex questions about the future of food, and develops practical solutions that help deliver sustainable nutrition. Take a look at all the partners that are part of the Forum Network. 

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Our global food system urgently needs attention if it is to cope with the challenges of the future, from climate change impacts on agriculture to increasing public health pressures such as obesity and diabetes. There are no silver bullets, and we can’t afford to fix one area at the expense of another. But there are solutions, and in fact, the most promising opportunities lie in addressing food production and consumption together, with better outcomes all round for nature, farming communities, and human health and nutrition.

Forum for the Future actively monitors those opportunities to understand where change and innovation are happening, and how we can develop and catalyse solutions for sustainable nutrition. This includes, for example: making sustainable, healthy diets the norm, with more fruit, veg and plant-based proteins; eliminating food wastage from farm to fork; reducing reliance on antibiotics in livestock farming; scaling up sustainable animal feed and aquaculture systems; improving smallholder livelihoods; and rolling out restorative agriculture approaches, such as agroecology, agroforestry and soil carbon farming.

We work with partners across food value chains, including food producers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers, from entrepreneurs to multinationals and industry associations – as well as the wider food system, including expert non-profits, academia, foundations and government. Using futures and systems thinking and tools, we challenge our partners’ assumptions about the future, helping them to make sense of complex challenges and understand how to act on:

  • The implications of sustainable nutrition, including emerging risks and opportunities resulting from trends, innovations, policy developments and other important changes
  • Systemic barriers to progress, opportunities to overcome those barriers, and the case for taking action, alone and in collaboration with others
  • Their role in scaling up solutions and enabling lasting positive change: within their own organisation, in their sector or industry, and across the wider food system

Building on Forum’s 20 years of experience and insight, our cutting-edge projects and partnerships include:

  • The Protein Challenge 2040: a global initiative exploring how we will feed nine billion people enough protein in a way which is affordable, healthy and good for the environment. Current areas of activity include innovation to: increase plant protein consumption; reduce impacts of animal feed; reduce supply chain protein losses; and improve aquaculture.
  • Tea 2030: an international collaboration driving innovation across the tea value chain, with a focus on sustainable landscapes, better market mechanisms and consumer engagement – while generating learning and insights that can help address the future of other crops and industries.
  • Sustainable value networks: changing how value of various kinds is created, distributed and measured, through initiatives such as Cotton 2040 and Value Added Africa (and building on our work with the Shell Foundation on how to develop and scale up sustainable value chains).

 

Work with us for leadership in sustainable nutrition

Wondering where to start, or how to take your progress to the next level? We can work with you to help your organisation, sector or industry drive system-level change for sustainable nutrition.

Businesses, we can help you:

  • Understand sustainable nutrition risks and opportunities
  • Develop and deliver your sustainable nutrition strategy
  • Innovate the products, services and business models of the future
  • Equip your teams, business units and brands to drive change
  • Advocate for enabling legislation and business practices
  • Convene and collaborate with your suppliers, customers, peers and others to enable change

Foundations and donors, we can help you:

  • Identify the organisations, interventions and solutions to fund, support and scale up for the biggest impact and return on your investment
  • Bring different communities together to identify shared challenges and opportunities (eg across climate change and nutrition)
  • Work with others to accelerate progress in line with your mission, in the short, medium and long term

Non-profits, we can help you:

  • Understand your role in enabling sustainable nutrition, from raising public awareness to shifting values
  • Shine light on and help scale up promising solutions
  • Increase the impact of your activities, campaigns and programmes

Contact us or download more information about sustainable nutrition.

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