In 2015, the United Nations estimated the world's population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Sustainable food systems are imperative to feed the growing population and minimize the effects of climate change. How food is grown and produced, what types of foods are consumed and how much food is wasted have major impacts on the sustainability of the world's food system. This list highlights resources and organizations that are working in the intersection of agriculture, nutrition and health.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
In addition to eradicating hunger and eliminating poverty, one of FAO's main goals includes sustainably managing and utilizing natural resources. FAO develops methods and standards for food and agriculture statistics and FAO's website houses FAOSTAT, a data hub where users can browse and download data related to natural resources use, food production and food security. The FAO's website also offers publications covering topics such as soil resources, marine ecosystems and agriculture sustainability.
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
GAIN is a United Nations organization with a vision of a world without malnutrition. GAIN's focus areas include large-scale food fortification, nutrition for women and children, agriculture and nutrition and business partnerships for nutrition. GAIN's website has a knowledge center containing blogs, case studies, news, reports and publications.
World Food Programme
WFP has a variety of reports, publications and maps highlighting the significant impacts of climate change and food insecurity. This organization helps to illustrate the connection between changing weather and the negative impacts on growing food to feed the growing population.
Scaling Up Nutrition
Bringing together governments, civilians, the United Nations, researchers and the private sector, the SUN movement strives to improve nutrition around the world. SUN's website offers a framework for effective nutrition plan systems and information on analyzing and tracking budgets and investments.
Formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership. Its website features "Big Facts on Climate Change" which highlight issues surrounding food security, food emissions, climate impact on production and people and success stories.
International Food Policy Research Institute
IFPRI is a research center of the CGIAR Consortium and provides policy solutions for sustainable reduction of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in developing nations. One of IFPRI's strategic research areas is ensuring sustainable food production, and its website offers datasets, fact sheets and tools including a technical platform on the measurement and reduction of food waste and loss. IFPRI's 2015 Global Nutrition Report is available for download.
Environmental Working Group
EWG's mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Its website houses consumer guides including EWG food scores, latest news and policy information related to food and farming.
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s Let's Talk Trash
This website helps align consumers and businesses to reduce wasted food through education and a nationwide challenge. Users can sign up a business and publicly commit to reducing wasted food.
With a mission of creating lasting solutions for poverty, hunger and social injustice, Oxfam America's website houses publications including annual reports, impact updates and fact sheets. The site's blog contains a section on food, agriculture and livelihoods.
Feed the Future
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative and include improved nutrition and climate-smart development in its focus areas. Feed the Future's website includes a food security innovation center, annual progress reports and AgriLinks, where professionals share knowledge on food security and agriculture.
More than 30 public and private sector leaders collaborated to form ReFED, which is committed to reducing food waste in the United States. The website serves as a data-driven guide for multiple stakeholders, including consumers, businesses, government, farmers and nonprofits to collectively reduce food waste at scale.
Health Care Without Harm
Health Care Without Harm is an international group of health care systems, communities and organizations working toward environmentally friendly health care. Its website provides resources such as balanced menus, webinars, a green guide for health care food service and purchasing guides for hospitals.
Menus of Change
Menus of Change is a combined effort of The Culinary Institutes of America and Harvard School of Public Health. They have compiled principles and guidelines for creating menus that are tasty, healthy and sustainable. All resources are free to use and encourage foodservice operations to become more transparent and plant-based.
Love Food Hate Waste
A United Kingdom-based registered charity, Love Food Hate Waste aims to help reduce wasted food in the consumer world via education. This website provides recipes, easy tips and smart tactics to kick the wasted food habit.