Food is the cornerstone of sustainable development. However, the current food system does not provide security for everyone and is exhausting the Earth’s resources. Although food production has doubled in size over the last fifty years – and has become more varied – distribution is uneven. The production of food also has a major impact on our planet: it is responsible for a quarter of global CO2 emissions.
In order to feed a growing population sustainably and reduce the ecological impact, there must be a transition to a fair and sustainable food system. The number of sustainable alternatives must increase; the impact of agriculture and livestock farming on the climate must be reduced; and, finally, agriculture must contribute to inclusive economic and social development.
DOEN supports pioneers working towards a fair and sustainable food system. These are sustainable entrepreneurs themselves or parties that protect our ecosystem and/or strengthen the sector. They are people in the Netherlands and East Africa who dare to take risks and inspire others. Initiatives in East Africa also focus on economic and social progress.
For example, these pioneers are concerned with:
DOEN provides direct support to these pioneers in the form of grants, loans, guarantees or investments.