FSF invests in and provides services to innovative, market-driven food and agriculture enterprises to sustainably, measurably, and profitably improve nutrition outcomes for targeted underserved and low income communities.
A malnutrition free world where environmentally and economically sustainable food systems provide regular access to affordable, healthy food for all people, everywhere.
A large, outdoor market with many local farmers selling their produce.
FSF's vision is informed by eight guiding principles:
- Everyone should be able to access, afford and consume nutritious food regardless of their financial circumstances or geographic location.
- There is opportunity to shape markets to improve access, affordability and consumption of nutritious food among poor & underserved communities.
- Technological, business and social innovation can create new pathways to improve access and demand for nutritious food.
- Cross-sector coordination and partnerships are required to support the transformative impact we seek.
- We have the power to enable transformative impact on the triple burden of malnutrition for poor & underserved communities.
- Increased understanding of such communities and their needs & wants can spur greater innovation and investment.
- Startups, SMEs and large businesses can create both profit & impact by tapping into business potential in poor & underserved markets.
- A systemic view of the food system and poor & underserved markets is critical for driving sustainable impact, now and in the future.
Global food systems are failing low income and underserved communities.
Sambava, Madagascar, Jan 13, 2017: A malagasy woman manually pollinates a vanilla flower
Triple Burden of Malnutrition
Malnutrition is increasing globally in low income and underserved communities, putting the health of billions at risk.
• Hunger and under-nutrition
• Micronutrient deficiency
• Overweight and obesity
Increasing Pressure on Food Systems
The adaptive capacity and resilience of our food systems are faltering under stress.
• Climate change and production
• Demographic and demand shifts
• Disproportionate impact on low income and underserved
Reinforcing, Systemic Challenges
Systemic issues constrain access and opportunity for low income and underserved communities.
• Increasing income and wealth inequality
• Differential access to assets and innovations
• Perceptions of low-income and underserved consumers