122 Organizations Transforming Food Systems in 2022 – Food Tank – Food Tank – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Contributing authors: Morgane Batkai, Vicky Brown Varela, and Elena Seeley

2021 was an unprecedented year of action for Food Tank, bringing food systems leaders together in new and exciting ways.

In collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, we kicked off the year with the first of seven panels, highlighting the incredible members of the U.N. Food Systems Champions Network. These conversations explored the Global Alliance’s seven Calls to Action and pathways for food systems transformation.

With the Refresh Working Group, we hosted a week-long series about the intersection of food and technology. Touching on everything from broadband expansion to a digitally skilled workforce, food systems experts explained the opportunities and challenges that technology presents.

In recognition of Stop Food Waste Day, Food Tank and Compass group hosted our Stop Food Waste Day 2021 Virtual Summit featuring chefs, advocates, policymakers, and business leaders who elevated solutions to ending food loss and food waste.

And in the countdown to Earth Day, Food Tank partnered with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation to bring together chefs from around the world, including Ozoz Sokoh, Vincent Medina, and Peggy Chan who discussed the intersection of food, culture, and climate.

Over the summer, Food Tank traveled to Scotland to debut our interactive musical WeCameToDance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show delivered an urgent message about dual food insecurity and climate crises while inspiring action, and it was met with rave reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman, and other media outlets.

In early November, Food Tank visited Scotland again, this time to co-host more than a dozen events at the U.N. Climate Change Conference. With our partners Nourish Scotland, The Rockefeller Foundation, Aleph Farms, WWF, and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food we showcased how food and agriculture systems offer solutions to the climate crisis.

Most recently, Food Tank partnered with WW International to highlight the new legislation aimed at strengthening the 1996 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to slash food waste and reduce hunger. The panel featured U.S. Congressmembers Chellie Pingree and Jim McGovern as well as business leaders and food waste experts.

This only scratches the surface of the work we completed in the last year and none of it would be possible without Food Tank’s incredible members. Please become a Food Tank member today by clicking HERE and help us ensure that we are able to continue this work in 2022.

As we look ahead to the new year, we have put together a list of 122 organizations to watch in 2022. These organizations and networks are building more resilient and equitable food systems through research, policy action, programming, and more.

1. Acceso, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti

Acceso is creating a farmer first food system across Latin America by helping smallholder farms participate fairly in domestic and international markets. The organization focuses on removing barriers to market access, providing support to build farm infrastructure, and helping commercialize products.

2. Act4Food Act4Change, International

Bringing together youth from across the globe, Act4Food, Act4Change hopes to prompt governments, institutions, companies, and individuals to act now to transform the food system. To date, the movement has collected over 153,000 pledges from youth who are determined to help shape a more sustainable and equitable food system. Listen to Maureen Muketha talk about the movement here.

3. Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT, International

The Alliance of Biodiversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) was established to address climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, and malnutrition. They develop research-based, holistic solutions to sustainably transform the global food system. Read about their recent agrobiodiversity conference here.

4. Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Africa

AFSA is an alliance of civil societies involved in agroecology and food sovereignty in Africa. The alliance upholds values of a just and equitable development, living in harmony with nature, and empowering local communities.

5. Akshaya Patra, India

Akshaya Patra aims to eliminate hunger and malnutrition among school aged children in Bengaluru, India. They serve around 1.8 million children with fresh and nutritious school meals and are the largest Mid-Day Meal Programme in the world.

6. Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), International

ASC is the leading certification scheme for farmed food with strict standards regarding animal welfare, responsible sourcing for feed, fair treatment of workers, and community development. They aim to drive up standards across the aquaculture industry and help shape an environmentally sustainable food system.

7. Arava Institute, Israel

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a leading research institute in the Middle East. Their Center for Sustainable Agriculture works specifically in desert agriculture and is dedicated to the preservation of arid lands and their natural resources including endangered crops and medicinal herbs.

8. Arche Noah, Austria

Arche Noah was founded by heirloom gardeners and farmers who were concerned about the future of seed diversity. In addition to developing a vast seed bank, they also support crop diversity by providing educational resources on the private and commercial use of endangered crops.

9. Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, Canada

The Arrell Food Institute is dedicated to reducing the food system’s impact on the environment through research. They aim to shape future leaders in the food system and reprioritize food as a central topic in social, industrial, and governmental decision-making processes.

10. Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Asia

Consisting mostly of small-scale family farmers and marginalized communities, the association works to empower rural farmers in Asia. They envision a socially just, economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and resilient farming system in Asian communities.

11. Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indígenas (ANAMURI), Chile

ANAMURI is a non-profit organization based in Chile which aims to support rural women and Indigenous communities. The organization forms a part of the larger La Via Campesina and actively campaigns against capitalist, extractive and patriarchal systems that threaten women and minority communities’ rights.

12. Associação Brasileira de Agroecologia, Brazil

The association brings together students and professionals to carry out and support actions dedicated to building agroecological knowledge. They work to engage with and educate the public and private sector by holding educational workshops, developing scientific publications, and open dialogue on topics related to agroecology.

13. Association of Alternative Food Products Producers (AAFPP), Russia

AAFPP unites manufacturers and developers of alternative meat products and supports their mission to transform nutrition. They provide assistance with product promotion, participation in events, and represent members in retail as well as public policy.

14. Australia’s Right to Food Coalition, Australia

Through collective action with organizations, researchers, health and community workers, the coalition aims to ensure access to healthy and affordable food for all. They work to protect the right to food through advocacy work and identifying areas for action in policy making.

15. BioThai, Thailand

Founded through a collaboration between activists, farmers, academics, and others, BioThai aims to represent the common

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