This project will support three areas of the Global Alliance’s work, namely:
1) Core Support: The McKnight Foundation’s annual participation fee, which funds the operations of the Global Alliance, will strengthen the Global Alliance to be effective in leveraging its core competencies, the resources and networks of members in order to transform food systems.
2) True Cost Accounting: Support for the community of practice as well as research and action to establish a True Cost Accounting Knowledge Hub will further advance efforts to make visible the full costs of food including nutrition, livelihoods, productivity, and equity by investing in efforts to identify, measure, and value the positive and negative environmental, social, and health externalities of food and agricultural systems, and to deploy innovative strategies to effect associated policy and market change. In particular, the work has potential for impact through participatory, collaborative research between farmers, researchers, NGOs and government.
3) Emerging Opportunities: Support new and emerging work provides opportunity to be creative and adaptive when unexpected opportunities emerge and have the potential to transform food systems toward towards greater sustainability, security, and equity.
Taken together with other efforts of the Global Alliance’s work, these efforts will lead to a food system that is:
- Renewable - it addresses the integrity of natural and social resources that are the foundation of a healthy planet and future generations in the face of changing global and local demands
- Resilient - it supports regenerative, durable, and economically adaptive systems in the face of a changing planet
- Equitable – it promotes sustainable livelihoods and access to nutritious and just food systems
- Diverse - it values the rich and diverse agricultural, ecological, and cultural heritage of humanity
- Healthful -it advances the health and well-being of people, animals, the environment, and the societies that depend on all three
- Interconnected - it honors the implications of the interdependence of food, people, and the planet in a transition to more sustainable food and agricultural systems.
The areas of focus align with the Collaborative Crop Research Program’s Collaboration, Learning, and Communication component of the Theory of Change. Specifically Objective 1 (Core Support) links to the ‘integrated collaborative networks across research and development’ component of the CCRP’s Pathways to Change, and has the potential to contribute to the outcome of creating ‘AEI-supportive changes in policies and practices among various actors.’ Objective 2 (True Cost Accounting) links to the CCRP’s iterative cycles of adaptive action as well as innovative frameworks, tools, concepts and principles that advance AEI and leads to increased collective understanding, action, and influence. It also supports the process of Changing Knowledge and Norms in support of Agreoecological Intensification. Finally, Objective 3 links to creating an opportunity to utilize the four
components of the pathways of change related to collaboration, learning, and communication.