Commitments to action

Transforming Food Systems for People and Nature


ACDI/VOCA has been supporting agricultural productivity around the world for nearly 60 years. We have always been committed to improving the enabling environment for the sustainable, equitable production and distribution of nutritious food, with special focus on the rural poor. Climate-smart approaches to food production have also been a part of our ethos. In the face of growing environmental threats, however, the time is right for ACDI/VOCA, together with partners, to focus intentionally on transforming food systems that yield net-positive gains for people and nature.

With more than a third of the world’s land surface and 75 percent of freshwater resources now devoted to crop or livestock production, the global food system is the single biggest threat to nature. Plant and animal agriculture has caused massive biodiversity loss, overfishing in much of the oceans, three quarters of the world’s deforestation, and approximately one quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. In turn, ecosystem degradation compromises our ability to nourish current and future generations, increases resource conflict, and spurs the spread of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19. With the global population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, systems need to not only increase productivity with less resources but also play a key role in fostering healthy ecosystems.

ACDI/VOCA’s inclusive market systems approach allows landscape actors to map resources, assets, and challenges and to design and implement nature-based solutions that maximize co-benefits. We strengthen the agency of local governance structures and marginalized groups, share lessons learned and best practices, and mobilize additional investment in nature-positive production. 

With the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals just nine harvests away, it is critical that we capture the momentum of the UN Food Systems Summit to radically rejig the way in which global food systems work. But this can’t be done by everyone working on their own. Building on more than two dozen active projects running on five continents, ACDI/VOCA pledges to collaborate with local, jurisdictional, national, and international partners to affect systemic food system transformation for the benefit of people and nature.


Civil society, Indigenous peoples, Private sector, Producer organizations, Youth

Action Area(s)

Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production



Key contact

Charles J. Hall, ACDI/VOCA
[email protected]


Adaptability, Resilience, Co-Creation


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