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Our Mission - The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations and communities to build a healthier, more equitable...
Our Mission - The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations and communities to build a healthier, more equitable and resilient food system.
Our Affiliation

The Center for a Livable Future (CLF) operates out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, from the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.
25 Years Strong

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is celebrating more than 25 years of advocating for food system change and protecting the public’s health.
Our Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Center’s work aligns with many of the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in different ways. Because we operate at the intersection of public health and food systems, our work naturally contributes to a cross-section of the SDGs, especially the goals related to ending poverty, ending hunger and malnutrition, and achieving good health and wellbeing. Click on the goals below for more information.
  1.   Agroecology
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Established in 2011, The Berry Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing focus, knowledge and cohesion to the work of changing our ruinous industrial agricultural system into a system a...
Established in 2011, The Berry Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing focus, knowledge and cohesion to the work of changing our ruinous industrial agricultural system into a system and culture that uses nature as the standard, accepts no permanent damage to the ecosphere, and takes into consideration human health in local communities.

When we consider these objectives, the remarkable accomplishments of three Kentuckians stand out. The works of author Wendell Berry, his father, lawyer and farmer John M. Berry, Sr., and his brother, state senator and lawyer, John M. Berry, Jr. reflect a single vision: a state and a nation of prosperous well-tended farms serving and supporting healthy local communities. The speeches, letters, manuscripts and articles of these men, especially as they pertain to agriculture in the state of Kentucky and the nation, are held and studied at The Archive of The Berry Center for study and dissemination.
 
The work of educating young farmers is being advanced by the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College, a collaboration between The Berry Center and Sterling College, offering a full time, tuition free undergraduate degree in regenerative agriculture right here in Henry County, Kentucky.

In the hopes of putting the lessons of the tobacco economy to work ensuring parity prices for farmers, The Berry Center is home to Our Home Place Meat, a beef program patterned after the tobacco cooperative model which ensured farmers made healthy profits and kept money in local economies.

The Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore at The Berry Center develops cultural programming for rural readers, encouraging the preservation of local knowledge and pride of place for generations of people who are ever more distant from their agrarian roots.

Taken all together, The Berry Center promotes the vital connection between urban centers and the rural communities that surround them by collaborating closely and working actively alongside entities and institutions with complementary goals. We hope that you, too, will join us in this good and vital work.
Our Vision

Wendell Berry’s The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, published in 1977, awakened a national and global conversation on the dire state of agriculture. The Berry Center was launched in 2011 to continue this conversation and preserve the legacy of Wendell Berry’s work and writings and the exceptional agricultural contributions of his father John Berry, Sr., and his brother John Berry, Jr. We are putting these inspiring writings and histories into action through our Archive at the Berry Center, Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore, Our Home Place Meat—a local beef initiative, and The Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College. The core of our work is to advocate for farmers, land conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.

Our work seeks to provide solutions to essential issues that are rarely in public discourse and certainly not reflected in agricultural policies. “What will it take for farmers to be able to afford to farm well?” and “How do we become a culture that supports good farming and land use?” These are just a few of the questions that The Berry Center is addressing. We believe that the answers—while firmly rooted in local work—are central to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including the devastation of natural resources and biodiversity; rapid onset of climate change; economic and social inequities; and the collapse of healthy farming and rural communities.

Visitors from all over the world travel to The Berry Center to visit our archive and neighboring Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore and learn about our agricultural programs. Located in the handsome 1820 Oldham House in downtown New Castle, Kentucky, we are becoming a principle destination for historians, researchers, students, and agrarian leaders seeking information and history that is difficult to find or even unavailable.
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We are a voluntary, nation-wide Coalition of organisations, practitioners, health and community workers, and researchers. We are working together to ensure that the right to food is respected, prot...
We are a voluntary, nation-wide Coalition of organisations, practitioners, health and community workers, and researchers.

We are working together to ensure that the right to food is respected, protected and fulfilled in Australia. You can read more about our mission here.

What’s the problem? Every day, there are millions of Australians who cannot access healthy and affordable food, or who worry about running out of food. This is known as ‘food insecurity’.

Research shows that somewhere between 4-18% of Australians are food insecure at any given time, but some groups in the community are much more likely to be food insecure than others. Access to healthy food is influenced by a wide range of social, economic and environmental factors, with poverty being one of them.

We believe that food security is a basic human right as it is vital to everyone’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. Despite Australia being one of the richest countries, the right to food in Australia still hasn’t been realised. To achieve food security for all will require action from government, non-government and community stakeholders.

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The National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) is a Chilean non-profit and autonomous civil organization made up exclusively of women and founded in 1998 in Buin, whose mission is to...
The National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) is a Chilean non-profit and autonomous civil organization made up exclusively of women and founded in 1998 in Buin, whose mission is to organize and promote the development of rural and indigenous women of Chile by stimulating and strengthening its organization. ANAMURI is part of the Latin American Coordinator of Rural Organizations and Vía Campesina International.
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Improving Global Food Systems - We bring people together to conduct research, train the next generation of food leaders and shape social, industrial and governmental decisions, always ensuring food is...
Improving Global Food Systems - We bring people together to conduct research, train the next generation of food leaders and shape social, industrial and governmental decisions, always ensuring food is the central priority.

We are working to reduce food system impact on the environment by researching and promoting new ways to meet the needs of the growing human population without destroying the ecosystems on which we depend for life. As the digital agricultural revolution continues, we are working to discover new ways to protect the planet while providing even safer food than ever before. We also pay attention to the consequences that new technologies and approaches to farming bring, especially to jobs and communities.

We are working to enhance community food security and food sovereignty in Canada and abroad. Food is never just fuel but plays an integral role in culture both as a source of unity and of conflict. At the same time, we live in a world of stunning inequalities where both the number of hungry and the number of obese people is rising. Therefore, we can see that food sits at the foundation of community, personal and planetary health. By exploring the links between food safety, sustainability, culture and security we are working with our partners to create the foundations of better nourished communities now and in the future.

We are working to make global food networks more efficient, more transparent, and more sustainable. Canada is a country that both imports and exports large amounts of food and so we are working to identify pressure points that can be resolved by policy, markets or awareness. This will ensure that our global food networks continue to improve the way they offer safety, health, and affordability for all consumers.
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We work for seed rights and celebrate diversity! The association ARCHE NOAH was founded in 1989 ( history of the association ) on the initiative of gardeners, farmers and journalists who literally wan...
We work for seed rights and celebrate diversity! The association ARCHE NOAH was founded in 1989 ( history of the association ) on the initiative of gardeners, farmers and journalists who literally wanted to take the seeds back into their own hands as the basis of nutrition. Because: Since 1900, the diversity of our cultivated plants has decreased dramatically worldwide - by 75% - due to the industrialization of agriculture ( Details on the loss of diversity )! Today, genetic engineering, seed monopolies, climate change and wars endanger this precious heritage.

ARCHE NOAH has a positive vision ( mission statement of the association) and numerous activities: ARCHE NOAH preserves and cares for thousands of endangered types of vegetables, fruit and cereals. We are successfully working to bring traditional and rare varieties back into the gardens and onto the market - thanks to the support of over 17,000 dedicated members and sponsors.
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The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is the world’s leading certification scheme for farmed seafood – known as aquaculture – and the ASC label only appears on food from farms that have been indep...
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is the world’s leading certification scheme for farmed seafood – known as aquaculture – and the ASC label only appears on food from farms that have been independently assessed and certified as being environmentally and socially responsible.

Aquaculture produces over half of the seafood eaten around the world and will be vital in providing healthy, affordable protein to the world’s rapidly growing population in the future. But like all food production, it has impacts and must be done responsibly.

ASC develops and manages the strictest standards in the industry. These standards include hundreds of requirements covering the potential impacts of aquaculture – including water quality, responsible sourcing of feed, disease prevention, animal welfare, the fair treatment and pay of workers and maintaining positive relationships with neighbouring communities.

To become ASC certified, a farm is assessed by an independent organisation against every single requirement in the relevant standard. If it passes the audit, seafood from the farm can be sold with the ASC logo, which allows consumers to reward these responsible farmers by purchasing their products.

We work with partners across the industry, environmental and scientific community and beyond – all our standards and programme updates are developed with help from NGOs, academics, farmers, retailers, and other experts, and are subject to public consultation. As part of our mission to drive up standards across the industry and beyond, we also work on standalone projects focusing on specific issues, including improver programmes for small producers and research projects.
Our Vision

A world where aquaculture plays a major role in supplying food and social benefits for humanity whilst minimising negative impacts on the environment.
  1.   Agriculture
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Our effort to study food systems and advance solutions at the intersection of agriculture, environment and nutrition comes from shared experience spanning over five decades. Even if the Alliance was b...
Our effort to study food systems and advance solutions at the intersection of agriculture, environment and nutrition comes from shared experience spanning over five decades. Even if the Alliance was born in 2019 under the umbrella of a wider organization such as CGIAR, its two sides have a long tradition of global research.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, or CIAT) was founded in 1967 in Palmira, Colombia. Since then, in collaboration with hundreds of partners, it helped developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management.

In 1967, many poor and hungry people in the tropics were smallholder farmers. Increasing the productivity of their crops was the critical entry point for CIAT’s research. Since that time, our researchers have been concerned with nearly every aspect of tropical agriculture: the crop varieties that farmers grow, the production systems they manage, the agricultural landscapes they inhabit, the markets in which they participate and the policies that influence their options and decisions.

Bioversity International was established in Italy in 1974 as the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR) to coordinate an international plant genetic resources program, including emergency collecting missions, and building and expanding national, regional and international genebanks.

In 1991 it became the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and finally Bioversity International in 2006, reflecting an expanded vision of its role in agricultural and forest biodiversity and research-for-development activities.
The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT

In 2019, Bioversity International and CIAT joined forces to create the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a global organization building on their complementary mandates and long collaboration, to respond to today’s global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, and malnutrition. 

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. To do so, the Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. With partners, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations in large-scale programs to create food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity and nourish people in a climate crisis. 

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.
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Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting economic change in the lives of rural farming families and communities. Our vision is a world where smallholder farmers are empowered with lon...
Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting economic change in the lives of rural farming families and communities.

Our vision is a world where smallholder farmers are empowered with long-term opportunities and market access that enable them to live healthy, dignified, and prosperous lives. A world where local food systems are equitable and work in favor of small producers, not against them.

Acceso has refined its unique model for economic development for over a decade. Co-founded in 2007 by philanthropist Frank Giustra and the Clinton Foundation, Acceso started as an initiative within the Clinton Foundation, and sought to address poverty alleviation at scale.

After several years of testing different approaches across three continents, alongside some of the world’s largest corporate buyers, testing different approaches ranging from aggregation of singular cash crops to more complex multi crop models, Acceso realized that lasting economic development through agriculture requires going beyond simply increasing farmers’ capacity to produce more. This insight inspired a new social enterprise model to rebuild entire food systems from seed to market, supporting farmers from training to sales, and importantly creating the missing architecture to connect them to the most advantageous markets so that they can participate in and benefit from the formal economy.

Acceso was established as an independent non-profit organization in 2020, to scale and replicate this work
  1.   Food Waste
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Founded in 1898, CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional membership organisation for individuals in the sustainability, resources and waste management sector....
Founded in 1898, CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional membership organisation for individuals in the sustainability, resources and waste management sector. CIWM represents and supports over 5,000 individuals and 250 Affiliated Organisations across the UK and overseas. 

At CIWM, membership means more for professional life: more knowledge, more connections, more resources, more representation, more partnerships and, ultimately, more potential. 

We empower our community of members to achieve success by keeping them updated on the latest news and policy activity from across the sector; providing expert technical advice and information; offering a range of training courses and learning opportunities for all experience levels; promoting the importance of professional development and providing one-to-one career advice; hosting a number of industry-leading events and conferences; and providing a variety of unrivalled networking opportunities, both nationally and on a local level. 

We also play a vital role in shaping the future of the resources and waste management sector. We provide an impartial, influential and respected voice in policy discussions in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, ensuring our members’ views are represented and that policy development is informed by theoretical and practical understanding and experience. 

It is our mission to unite, equip and mobilise our community of members to lead, influence and deliver so that, together, we can achieve our shared purpose: to move the world beyond waste.

In 2021, CIWM received recognition as an Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation (England) from the educational regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

This development marked an important milestone in the integration of WAMITAB into CIWM – a move that is intended to strengthen the provision of relevant and fit-for-purpose qualifications, particularly for the resources and waste management sector. 
  1.   Campaigns
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Our Mission - Worldwide, more than one in three people depend on polluting open fires or inefficient stoves to cook their food, harming health, the climate, and the environment. The Clean Cooking Alli...
Our Mission - Worldwide, more than one in three people depend on polluting open fires or inefficient stoves to cook their food, harming health, the climate, and the environment. The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that can make clean cooking accessible to all. Established in 2010, CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment, and supporting policies that allow the clean cooking sector to thrive.
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The Packoorang Story Working in sales, Natasha was a daily witness of the constant trash problems happening right outside her corporate office window. The sight is a familiar one, not only in Oslo bu...

The Packoorang Story


Working in sales, Natasha was a daily witness of the constant trash problems happening right outside her corporate office window. The sight is a familiar one, not only in Oslo but anywhere in the world: Trash cans and containers outside retailers and postal offices are over flowing with packaging materials. It is the perfect representation of what’s gone wrong in our increasingly wasteful global society.


Natasha decided it was time for action, and saw little reason why she – a talented sales person – couldn’t be the one to start it all. There were only two issues: She had no experience with manufacturing, and beyond a home-sewn prototype for a reusable mailer bag, she didn’t know how to take the next step. Secondly, there was the ‘small’ issue of coming up with a viable return system for the bags, so they could be returned after each use. The latter is no easy task, and it’s a problem which several companies and startups have attempted to crack for years.


Natasha found Alvin through his consulting firm New England, specializing in sustainable production. Owned by Pinecone Ventures, Dammann Leer’s private impact venture firm, New England was tasked with prototyping and scaling the reusable mailer bag for mass production in a sustainable way. The result was a 100% recycled polyester packaging, durable enough to last 50-100 reuses. The Abbas-Leer collaboration went so smoothly, it was mutually decided they should work on this concept together. Alvin soon joined as co-founder and CEO, with Pinecone Ventures 49% stakeholder.


For the following months, hard work and an incredible pace of growth awaited. Multiple partnerships with billion dollar companies have been established, pilot customers onboarded, and an innovative return system based on innovative technology has been developed through a few too many 14-hour workdays – and some invaluable help from government grants and a membership in the renown incubator Kjeller Innovation. The rest is history, in the making. In 2021, Packoorang will roll out its first pilot in Oslo, Norway with several European cities due to roll out next.

  1.   Animal Welfare
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We are a fast-growing next generation food supply business, on a mission to transform how food is accessed and distributed within cities. We source quality meat, seafood and plant-based products direc...

We are a fast-growing next generation food supply business, on a mission to transform how food is accessed and distributed within cities. We source quality meat, seafood and plant-based products directly from producers and we deliver to professional kitchens.

With our unique delivery model, automation and by going direct to the source, we are able to offer market-beating prices and reliable service, all underpinned by a commitment to sustainability.

  1.   Resuable
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From our own experience, we know how difficult it is to behave consistently sustainably. Especially when everyday stress and lately Corona thwart the food plans and you order food for delivery or take...

From our own experience, we know how difficult it is to behave consistently sustainably. Especially when everyday stress and lately Corona thwart the food plans and you order food for delivery or take food to the office or home, a big mountain of rubbish always remains in the end. In our view, it is a huge waste of resources to produce and transport packaging in an elaborate manner, just so that it ends up in the garbage and is incinerated after less than 30 minutes. With VYTAL, we want to establish a digital reusable system that finally offers every hungry person, restaurateur, supermarket and delivery service a low-cost and sustainable alternative to disposable and plastic waste.

  1.   Sustainability
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Our mission is to reduce food waste and alleviate food insecurity in communities everywhere. Replate manages the food donations of caterers, offices with meal services, brands with product overrun, fa...

Our mission is to reduce food waste and alleviate food insecurity in communities everywhere. Replate manages the food donations of caterers, offices with meal services, brands with product overrun, farmers markets, restaurants and other surplus food generators. Every food donation is taken to a nearby nonprofit that works with people experiencing food insecurity, or directly to someone’s home.

  1.   Sustainability
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OUR MISSION - Together we all need to make a change to help our planet get back to being healthy and sustainable to all species.  There are so many aspects of our everyday life that need to change and...

OUR MISSION - Together we all need to make a change to help our planet get back to being healthy and sustainable to all species.  There are so many aspects of our everyday life that need to change and Fair-Well has chosen to focus on food waste, household waste and the community.  To do this we need to make plastic free options accessible and convenient. We believe if we live healthy & sustainably, the world will be healthy. 

OUR VALUES - It's sometimes hard to find products that reflect more than one good business practice in one product. We believe in so many things but the products out there only provide us with one or the other, organic but not environmentally friendly, environmentally friendly but not Fair-trade, great product but part of a multinational company, Organic and Fair Trade but in single-use plastic packaging. So we thought, how amazing would it be if we could provide customers with products that had all these great business practices with all their products and have them plastic free?!  Our main objective is to reduce plastic usage in our everyday essential products while giving back to the community.  We home deliver organic and natural products to our customers to make buying plastic free more convenient. 

We hope to start a movement where all households do their best to reduce their plastic use!

  1.   Logistics
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Captain is built with multi-unit operators in mind. With daily summaries in your inbox for each store's performance providing you with insights on your customers experience as well as live multi store...

Captain is built with multi-unit operators in mind. With daily summaries in your inbox for each store's performance providing you with insights on your customers experience as well as live multi store delivery data in your pocket via Captain's Manager App. You are never far away from your operations.

  1.   Food Security
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The mission of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, is to end the injustices that cause hunger.Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to hea...

The mission of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, is to end the injustices that cause hunger.
Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. After 40 years of analysis of the global food system, we know that making this vision a reality involves more than technical solutions—it requires political transformation. That’s why Food First supports activists, social movements, alliances, and coalitions working for systemic change. Our work—including action-oriented research, publications, and projects—gives you the tools to understand the global food system, build your local food movement, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty.

As a “people’s think tank”, we are dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger and helping communities to take back control of their food systems. We advance our mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. These work areas are designed to promote informed citizen engagement with the institutions and policies that control our food and to integrate local, national and global efforts. Informed by a vast network of activist-researchers, Food First’s analysis and educational resources support communities and social movements at the forefront of change in the food system.  Our work both informs and amplifies the voices, strategies, and solutions of social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty.

  1.   Delivery
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BARBI Bristol - British Association of Restaurants, Bars & Independents was set up in 2016 and has been helping Bristol's Hospitality Industry since its conception. Over 400 venues are signed up t...

BARBI Bristol - British Association of Restaurants, Bars & Independents was set up in 2016 and has been helping Bristol's Hospitality Industry since its conception. Over 400 venues are signed up to the association with 10,000 employees within the group. We have hosted many networking events & parties for the hospitality industry and helped support them in anyway we can.

Our new app has been built by Bristol, for Bristol to save Bristol's Independent Hospitality Industry. We built this app as the high commissions charged by the leading delivery companies to the venues just isn't sustainable for many and is strangling their businesses. By charging a fair % on the commissions we are keeping these venues open, keeping people in jobs & keeping Bristol's Independent food & drink scene alive.

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