Nourish the world without harming the planet

Strengthening local innovation ecosystems for food systems transformation

Nearly 2 billion people worldwide lack access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food, and 690 million people suffer from chronic hunger or lack of proper nutrition. The current food system needs to produce much more food, while planetary boundaries are already being crossed. The Food Innovation Hubs initiative, which was launched by the World Economic Forum with public, private and civil society partners, is a call to action for a locally driven program, enabling innovations to improve the way we produce and consume food sustainably, through an ecosystems approach.

6 Brutal Facts:

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of the world’s agricultural land is degraded
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people do not have access to safe, nutritious food
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of human-produced GHG comes from food systems
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people suffer from obesity
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yearly costs of food loss and food waste
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lower investment rate in agri-food than other sectors

Locally driven –
globally supported

The hubs are designed locally to address the needs of the local food system to:

Guiding principles

The Food Innovation Hubs are partnership platforms that connect across various ecosystem actors to foster partnerships and networks that unlock investments, stimulate innovation and collectively work to raise barriers. Hubs focus primarily on state national or regional-level opportunities and are guided by the following principles:

Food Innovation Hubs

Strengthening local Innovation Ecosystems for Food Systems Transformation

Growing global community

A growing set of global players from the private and public sector drives and supports this exciting initiative. The Food Innovation Hubs are supported by a Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS, funded by the Dutch government and the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel, (Oost.nl)). The GCS is hosted by the World Economic Forum and housed in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The secretariat enables the founding of local hubs, supports their functioning, stimulates adoption of innovation and creates a global network and learning environment.

The first Food Innovation Hubs are being developed in Colombia, India, Europe, Viet Nam and Kenya. Each hub will be locally owned and governed.

Our global partners

The hubs are founded by partners from government, the private sector, innovators, entrepreneurs, farmer organizations, civil society, international organizations and others. Current global partners include:

Join the Food Innovation Hub community

Do you want to drive and develop the Food Innovation Hubs to help scale and accelerate the innovations needed in our food systems? Partners at a local and global level are welcome!