Combating Global Hunger

Reaching Key Figures – Global Hunger Solutions

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (The World Food Prize) and the 4th International Conference on Global Food Security (2020) are two events through which key figures in the global hunger solutions industry can be reached.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium (The World Food Prize)

  • “The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium” is a three-day event held every October in Des Moines, Iowa. Innovative and groundbreaking solutions and issues pertaining to global nutrition and food security are discussed at the event.
  • The event is attended by over 1,000 individuals from over 50 countries. The attendees include “international experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers”.
  • “The World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony” is held in conjunction with the Borlaug Symposium. The ceremony is compared to the Nobel Prize and is attended by 800 guests.
  • The Borlaug Symposium has featured speakers such as “U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, AGRA Chairman Kofi Annan, HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Bill Gates.”
  • The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 and has been in existence for 34 years.

4th International Conference on Global Food Security (2020)

  • The 4th International Conference on Global Food Security is scheduled for September 20-23, 2020, in Montpellier, France. Though it may get postponed further because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is currently scheduled in the near future.
  • The event is organized by Elsevier, Montpellier University of Excellence, Wageningen University & Research, and supported by Agropolis International, INRA Science & Impact, CGIAR, Cirad Agricultural Research for Development, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement. The organizations hosting and supporting the event are renowned.
  • The keynote speakers include industry stalwarts such as Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, “Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition” (GAIN); Pierre-Benoit Joly, Director of “National Institute of Agronomic Research” (INRA), France; and Gunter Pauli, “author of the Blue Economy”.
  • The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conferences were held in 2013, 2015, and 2017, respectively. The event is held every two years and has been around for seven years.
  • The 2nd conference (in New York) was co-hosted by “Cornell University, Columbia University, and Elsevier Publishing, along with the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation as an Exclusive Platinum Partner”. It was attended by 600+ individuals from over 60 countries.


  • Other events such as the Global Food Security Symposium 2020 and the International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition 2020 have already passed.

Combating Global Hunger – Nonprofits

This report collects nonprofit organizations that are devoted to combating global hunger apart from the one initially provided (Action Against Hunger). Included are Groundswell International, the Hunger Project, Food for the Hungry, CARE, and the Green Shoots Foundation.

Groundswell International

  • Groundswell International was founded in 2009 in Washington, D.C. to serve as a bridge between nonprofits, local civil organizations, and communities to create healthy food systems around the world.
  • Groundswell International promotes spreading well-researched, exploratory farming practices that are tested by farmers in a particular region and adopted when proven successful.
  • Groundswell International’s team consists of eight international experts.
  • Groundswell International has invested $15 million in hundreds of farming communities in developing countries. They work in tandem with 65,000 farmer leaders to spread best practices in their region.
  • Groundswell International operates in Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Western North Carolina.

The Hunger Project

  • The Hunger Project is a large nonprofit based in New York; it is entirely dedicated to combating global hunger.
  • The Hunger Project aims to achieve its goal of eradicating hunger by empowering local communities to create sustainable agricultural operations.

Food for the Hungry

  • Food for the Hungry is particularly committed to assisting children in food impoverished regions. They accomplish this by introducing transformative farming techniques that local leaders assist in implementing.
  • Food for the Hungry’s leadership consists of 37 individuals who are positioned around the globe.
  • To further its goal of improving food security, Food for the Hungry donates farming tools and equipment to communities.
  • Food for the Hungry reaches 20 countries with a focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


  • Part of CARE’s mission is alleviating food insecurity. The first CARE package was sent in 1946.
  • CARE is financially and foundationally supported by hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world for its work, as well as dozens of international organizations.
  • CARE’s focus on food encompasses improving productivity through sustainable practices, improving access to markets, building resilience to climate change, and improving nutrition for families.
  • CARE’s poverty-fighting programs are located in more than 90 countries around the world.

The Green Shoots Foundation

  • Originally focused on microfinancing projects, the Green Shoots Foundation has expanded to include working with local partners on projects that result in agricultural empowerment.
  • The Green Shoots Foundation team consists of 11 experts and several UK trustees.
  • The Green Shoots Foundation focuses its agricultural projects (such as improving agricultural techniques and yields) in Cambodia and the Philippines.
  • The Green Shoots Foundation has been involved in six countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Kyrgyzstan.

Combating Global Hunger – Think Tanks

This report provides a list of think tanks devoted to researching global hunger beyond the institute identified in the initial strategy (the International Food Policy Research Institute). Included are Food First (which has its own publishing house), the Lugar Center (focused on policy change), TMG Research gGmbH (a European think tank focused on India and Africa), Food Tank (relatively new with a large potential for public outreach), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (operated by the top think tank in the United States).

Food First

  • Food First is among the earliest “think tanks” devoted to food research in the United States. It was founded in 1975.
  • Food First focuses its research on ending injustices that cause hunger.
  • Food First has several areas of focus. One program focuses on growing food justice in North America by analyzing inequitable structures. Another is focused on researching global food sovereignty. A third is devoted to advancing agroecology and sustainable food systems.
  • Food First is comprised of dozens of staff, a board of directors, research fellows from academic institutions, and a team of contractors.
  • Food First operates a publishing house to elevate the voices of those involved in challenging injustices that cause food insecurity. More than 60 books have been published for the cause.
  • Food First has an international team of fellows and divides its focus between North America and the globe. It has a significant worldwide reach.

The Lugar Center

  • The Lugar Center (TLC) was founded by U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar. It is based in Washington, DC.
  • TLC focuses its efforts on making food security a key issue of foreign policy by creating a better understanding of the food security challenge among policymakers.
  • TLC splits its focus between bipartisan governance, global food security, WMD nonproliferation, and foreign aid effectiveness.
  • In the realm of global food security, TLC works with experts to develop cutting-edge proposals to solve food insecurity. It emphasizes both improving large-scale productivity and improving small-scale farming through the use of better technologies and infrastructure.
  • TLC’s team of primarily American experts have various levels of international experience. The think tank’s work and research encompasses the globe.

TMG Research gGmbH

  • TMG Research gGmbH (TMG) is a think tank focused on sustainability across a number of spheres. It is based in Berlin, Germany.
  • TMG has a special division devoted to food and nutrition research. An example is the TEEB framework for Agriculture and Food, which provides a “comprehensive economic evaluation of the ‘eco-agri-food systems’ complex”.
  • This summary outlines and applies the TEEB evaluation framework to three situations.
  • TMG’s food and nutrition-related research projects (such as its soil rehabilitation project) tend to be focused in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • TMG’s team of 17 experts is fully international and relies on input from a wide variety of global organizations.

Food Tank

The Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) operates the Global Food Security Program, a think tank specifically dedicated to global food security issues.
  • CSIS is the top-rated think tank in the United States according to the Global Go to Think Tank Index.
  • The Global Food Security Program emphasizes the role and necessity of U.S. leadership in achieving global food security. It builds bipartisan support in part through illustrating the strategic importance of food security in developing nations.
  • The Global Food Security Program is currently assessing the global food security situation through a variety of lenses, including COVID-19, the connection with national security, climate change, and creating climate resilience.
  • The Global Food Security Program team consists of 9 North American experts.

Combating Global Hunger – Foundations

This report collects foundations (aside from AgDevCo, which was included in the initial strategy) that provide grants or funding to combat global hunger. Included are the Cargill Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation, Global Greengrants, and the Innocent Foundation. Where information on the size of the foundation was not available, information on its funding amount (per project or per year) has been provided instead.

The Cargill Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has many global focuses, including combating diseases, developing emergency responses, family planning, nutrition, and financial services for the poor.
  • The agricultural development wing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on improving productivity for small farmers, increasing income for small farmers, increasing consumption of a nutritious and equitable diet, and increasing women’s empowerment in agriculture.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has significant size and reach and is partnered with numerous nonprofit organizations, governments, and international organizations to achieve its agricultural development goals.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation focuses its agricultural development on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

The Global Greengrants Fund

  • The Global Greengrants Fund has several areas of focus including climate justice, healthy ecosystems and communities, local livelihoods, and right to land, water, and resources.
  • In the local livelihoods category, Global Greengrants invests in local economies that assist in environmental restoration, establish a fair wage, and enable resilience in communities.
  • Global Greengrants has a team of 200 staff and volunteers operating around the world to coordinate their programs.
  • Global Greengrants operates in 168 countries around the world.

The Innocent Foundation

  • Founded in 2004, the Innocent Foundation is based in the United Kingdom with a focus on the United Kingdom and the developing world.
  • The Innocent Foundation primarily aims to improve rates of malnutrition detection and reduce child hunger by enabling community empowerment through agricultural development.
  • The Innocent Foundation has funded 70 projects specifically devoted to improving food security in developing countries.
  • The Innocent Foundation consists of 127 employee volunteers.
  • The Innocent Foundation is operating in 39 countries around the world, with a focus on developing countries.
Glenn is the Lead Operations Research Analyst at The Digital Momentum with experience in research, statistical data analysis and interview techniques. A holder of degree in Economics. A true specialist in quantitative and qualitative research.

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