OPPORTUNITY

The global food system is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and faces the further challenge of feeding an expanding world population of 10 billion. To accelerate a green, fair and inclusive economy, we must shift the food industry towards healthy, regenerative, and equitable practices. In this context, cities bridge the gap between consumers and the food industry, playing a key role in transitioning towards a green, fair and inclusive food system.

We believe our systems approach to industry transformation can catalyse a just transition in the food system. We’re supporting partners to develop, scale and amplify city-level interventions to reshape the food industry and help food businesses adopt strategies that promote sustainable and healthy food options accessible to everyone. Through public procurement policies, innovation support and industry engagement, urban centres can lead the way to a just and resilient food future.

  • 30%
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    of global greenhouse gas emissions are from the food industry
  • 8%
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    of emissions are from food waste
  • 3 billion
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    of all the food produced in the world is consumed in urban areas

Where we focus

We are funding initiatives to help us understand where we can achieve the most impact:

  • Shifting demand toward more sustainable choices through industry offering a different selection of products.
  • Shaping more local, sustainable and resilient food supply chains across cities.
  • Tackling food loss and waste in cities through circular economy approaches.

Out of scope

Areas outside our current focus:

  • Food agriculture and aquaculture.
  • Land use and forestry management for food production.
  • Agroecology and other non-urban-centred food system transformations.
  • Animal welfare: Our efforts are directed towards systemic changes within food production and consumption that cities and industries can directly influence, leaving animal welfare to specialised organisations.

What we fund

Explore the initiatives we fund.

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Eligibility criteria

Our grants fund partners to work collaboratively on brave initiatives that can contribute to systemic industry change.

Becoming a partner

The Club of Rome

  • €150,000
  • 13 months
  • Grant Active

For showing the status of local agri-food production and the food retail business and identifying levers to facilitate food systems transformation.

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World Resources Institute

  • €249,000
  • 13 months
  • Grant Active

For catalysing change by working with large food companies to each engage 20 of their priority suppliers to halve their food waste by 2030.

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Food Valley NL

  • €200,000
  • 96 months
  • Grant Active

For promoting the understanding of challenges that exist in the food innovation ecosystem from a practical perspective.

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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

  • €56,306
  • 26 months
  • Grant Active

For helping philanthropy institutionalise best practices offered by the disciplines of foresight and futurism.

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World Resources Institute

  • €140,766
  • 72 months
  • Grant Closure

For encouraging cities and food providers to scale healthy, climate-friendly meals that benefit people and planet.

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Philea - Philanthropy Europe Association

  • €125,000
  • 15 months
  • Grant Active

For building futures literacy to support long-term thinking and transformative change.

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Stichting Clim-Eat

  • €196,200
  • 13 months
  • Grant Active

For promoting the understanding of existing private sector innovations and how they can be aligned for climate action in food systems.

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network

  • €249,000
  • 12 months
  • Grant Active

For identifying the market signals cities send through policy intervention to shift local, regional and national markets to more sustainable models.

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Meridian Institute

  • €150,000
  • 72 months
  • Grant Closure

For support for collaborative learning on how to transform the food system through a city lens.

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