Our Commitments/


Advancing a more nourishing, regenerative, and equitable food system.

Better Food, Healthier World

Our global food system is failing to protect our health and the health of our planet. It isn’t nutritious, it isn’t sustainable, and it isn’t equitable. The foods that are most readily available and affordable are slowly killing us, and some of the biggest environmental challenges we face are directly connected to our food system. Three billion people lack sufficient access to the healthy foods they need, and Covid-19 is putting over one hundred million more at risk of active hunger.

We can change this story. The food system can protect and improve our health, sustain and regenerate the environment, and be rebuilt with equity at its center. We can design a system that makes healthy diets affordable and accessible to everyone, and that delivers fair returns to the people who produce and provide our food.

That’s why we are embracing a whole-systems approach to sustainably and equitably nourish all people and the planet. Our vision is a global food system that affords every human being a diet rich in healthy foods and low in harmful foods, produced in environmentally sustainable ways.

  • 3billion

    people cannot afford healthy diets.

  • 25%of greenhouse gas

    emissions stem from the food system. Emissions are expected to rise.

  • 690million

    people are hungry. The Covid-19 pandemic may add between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of undernourished in the world.

A Closer Look

Diet Quality Determines Health Outcomes

Poor diet is the leading risk factor for disease, disability, and premature death in the majority of countries around the world – a larger determinant of death than tobacco, drug use, or alcohol use combined.

Street vendor sells product to a man and child.

At The Rockefeller Foundation, we aim to improve the dietary quality of at least 100 million vulnerable children and families around the world in the next 10 years.

Milestone Tracking

Our Work and Impact

We are launching a bold new strategy to build a more nourishing, sustainable, and equitable food system that improves dietary quality for all. Our Nourish People and Planet initiative works to meet the urgent needs of this moment while supporting transformation at every level of the food system for today and tomorrow.

To do this, we’re focusing on advancing transformative food policies and visions, making a historic investment in sustainably powering the food system through distributed renewable energy, and making sure that all people – especially children – get the benefit of foods that help them thrive.

  • We call for a renewed food revolution. We all have to do the work to make sure we change the way we produce food and absolutely transform the way we consume food in every community across the planet.
    Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
    President of The Rockefeller Foundation, at The Rockefeller Foundation and EAT co-hosted event “Reimagining Food Systems”

Recent Updates

Jul 15 2021
Press Releases
Report: True Cost of Food in U.S. Totals $3.2 Trillion, Communities of Color Disproportionately Pay the Price
Jul 14 2021
What is the true cost of food?
Apr 28 2021
Reset the Table: Messaging Guide
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