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the Next Gen(D)eration Leadership Collective

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Next Gen(D)eration of Leaders for a Well-Nourished World is a new initiative that builds on the experience of professional women working in the field of nutrition and food systems globally. Currently led by a task team of 11 women, the initiative started with a survey of over 60 women from all over the world. After collective discussion and engagement with existing, complementary, leadership initiatives, we are now undertaking our inaugural activities with the ambition of reaching thousands more leaders at all levels committed to applying a set of what we are terming Courageous Leadership Practices.

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New resources for taking a food systems approach to policymaking

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Results for Development (R4D) and the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London today published a new package of resources for policymakers interested in taking a food systems approach to advance healthy diets and combat malnutrition. The resources define what it means to take a food systems approach, explore potential entry points in different sectors, and present ways to identify and engage relevant stakeholders.

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Viewpoint: Rigorous monitoring is necessary to guide food system transformation in the countdown to the 2030 global goals

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The goal of food system transformation is to generate a future where all people have access to healthy diets, which are produced in sustainable and resilient ways that restore nature and deliver just, equitable livelihoods. A rigorous, science-based monitoring framework can support evidence-based policymaking and the work of those who hold key actors accountable in this transformation process. Monitoring can illustrate current performance, facilitate comparisons across geographies and over time, and track progress. We propose a framework centered around five thematic areas related to (1) diets, nutrition, and health; (2) environment and climate; and (3) livelihoods, poverty, and equity; (4) governance; and (5) resilience and sustainability. We hope to call attention to the need to monitor food systems globally to inform decisions and support accountability for better governance of food systems as part of the transformation process.

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The need for greater investment in agricultural innovation

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With the rural poor bearing the brunt of climate change, population growth and volatile food prices, the need to invest in agricultural innovation grows increasingly urgent. But how can we ensure that investment not only boosts productivity, but supports environmental sustainability, reduces poverty and inequality, and reaches the most vulnerable? On March 16, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) held a dialogue to discuss these important questions.

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E-modules: Basic Understanding of Nutrition

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The Basic Nutrition videos were developed based on the training manual utilized by the Global Alliance for Improved nutrition (GAIN) to educate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture and nutrition space to have a basic understanding of nutrition. The need for this project began when SMEs realized that they do business but do not know how to align their businesses to serve the population with nutritious foods. They cover aspects from key concepts of nutrition, malnutrition, current nutrition status, healthy diets, nutrition requirements for different stages of life, nutritional status assessment, food processing and preservation, and food systems.

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E-modules: Finding Finance

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These videos look at how to approach potential and strategic funders to provide cash or other resources for core support or program activities which will help you scale and impact more people. The aim is to help actors involved in securing funding to understand the process and to access tools that can be used during the different stages to secure funding. The learning material focuses on SMEs and NGOs sharing GAIN’s values of ending malnutrition through food system innovations.

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Enabling sustainable food systems: Innovators' handbook

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This practical resource, written collaboratively, shares real-life experience and lessons from local food systems actors from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe who are leading initiatives to grow, share, sell and consume more sustainable foods in their local contexts. The handbook provides case studies, tips, checklists, and matrices to help readers think critically about potential opportunities in their own food systems.

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Interactive Learning Modules - Synergies & Tradeoffs in food, land and water systems

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Our food, land and water systems offer a huge opportunity space to act upon changes in climate, threats to biodiversity, and challenges with human health and wellbeing simultaneously. Both global and local movements around the world are calling for food and agricultural systems transformation to help solve some of these critical issues. The interactive learning modules here highlight and reflect on insights, tools, actions and ways forward for how we can actively strengthen co-benefits (synergies) and better anticipate and manage conflicting goals and unintended negative consequences (trade offs) between social and ecological goals of food, land and water systems.

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Accelerating the 10 Critical Transitions: Positive Tipping Points for Food and Land Use Systems Transformation

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In 2019 the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) produced a Global Consultation Report, Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use. The report set out why a global transformation is needed in the next decade, and it provided a vision for a better future along with a proposed reform agenda to achieve it. This action agenda – anchored around ten critical transitions – is necessary to deliver climate mitigation, safeguard biological diversity, ensure healthier diets for all, improve food security and
create more inclusive and resilient rural economies.

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Investing in regenerative agriculture and food course

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A series of currently 17 short videos (10-15min) plus downloadable slides with our lessons learned after recording over 120+ interviews with investors, fund managers, farmers, scientists since 2016, always asking the question:

‘How to put money to work in regenerating soils at scale and growing a lot of tasty food while doing so?’

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EIT Food Startup Manual

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Over 40 modules of practical advice for agrifood entrepreneurs covering everything from finance to funding, sustainability to supply chain.



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Supply Chain Analysis for Nutrition tool (SCAN)

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This tool can help individuals and organisations working on supply chains for nutrition, providing best practices to ensure uniformity, consistency, and quality of the analysis. It aims to clarify key terminology and drive users to employ a common methodology when undertaking supply chain analyses for potential nutrition impact.

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UNFAO Enabling sustainable food systems: Innovators' handbook (2020)

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This is a practical resource, written collaboratively to bring real-life experience and lessons from local food systems actors from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe who are leading initiatives to grow, share, sell and consume more sustainable foods in their local contexts. This handbook was written for “sustainable food systems innovators and provides case studies, tips, checklists, and matrices to help readers think critically about potential opportunities in their own food systems.

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Food and Agriculture Roadmap: Policy recommendations from a consumer perspective

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World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - Chapter from Food and Agriculture Roadmap (2020)

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Intro to value chain management of traditional grains – from farm to table

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This online training explains the challenge of hidden hunger and how to adopt the best available practices for producing nutritive, tasty and affordable whole grain-based food products. The training equips small and medium-sized food processing companies with knowledge and skills to use hydrothermal processing of traditional varieties of whole grains, an approach that increases the bioavailability of micronutrients inside the grains and enables their easy absorption.



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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World: Transforming Food Systems for Affordable Healthy Diets (2020)

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization SOFI 2020 report. This report complements the usual assessment of food security and nutrition with projections of what the world may look like in 2030, if trends of the last decade continue. Projections show that the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and, despite some progress, most indicators are also not on track to meet global nutrition targets. The food security and nutritional status of the most vulnerable population groups is likely to deteriorate further due to the health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tools and resources to jump-start your project

Far from an exhaustive list of resources, this part of the portal is simply meant to inspire and help catalyze moving ideas towards impact. We include a wide range of content here to support actors across the food system in taking meaningful steps to help solutions gain traction in different ways. Please contact us to share useful resources here and please refer to the "Explore other relevant initiatives" section of the About Us page as well.