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Global Alliance in 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Meridian Institute is supporting the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a group of international foundations committed to leveraging their resources to shift food and agriculture systems toward greater sustainability, security, and equity. During 2015, Meridian facilitated meetings for members of the Global Alliance in New York City, New York; Palo Alto, California; and Toronto, Ontario. The meetings focused on developing detailed action plans for the Global Alliance’s three workgroups—on externalities, agroecology, and health and well-being.
In addition, Meridian staff traveled to Milan, Italy, in May 2015 to facilitate a meeting for Global Alliance members and to participate in an international dialogue organized by the Global Alliance. The venue was chosen for its proximity to the World Expo 2015, which focused on global food security. The Global Alliance released a report produced by Meridian Institute—Global Food and Agriculture: A Philanthropic Landscape Assessment—which provides profiles of more than 20 donors who are actively funding food and agriculture issues. The report includes information on their funding, geographies, and activities related to food and agriculture.

Meridian also supported three stakeholder consultations, which provided representatives from the private sector and civil society with the opportunity to learn about and provide input to the TEEBAgFood project, which is supported by the Global Alliance. TEEBAgFood is focused on evaluating the positive and negative externalities of the food and agriculture system.

Currently, Meridian is assisting the Global Alliance with a convening of numerous foundations and experts in animal agriculture. Prior to the meeting, Meridian is developing a report that will provide an overview of current foundation investments in animal agriculture. The meeting will explore topics related to livestock production and associated issues such as greenhouse gas emissions; deforestation; meat consumption; non-communicable diseases; and, the role that ruminants play in diverse, healthy food chains. The meeting will focus on: understanding the landscape of issues related to livestock production and meat consumption; identifying who is funding and investing what and where; identifying synergies and gaps in funding; and subsequently using that knowledge to explore the potential of collaborative strategy and determine next steps.