The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) was formed in 1991 by funders with a shared interest in economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible systems of food production, processing, distribution and consumption. SAFSF is fiscally sponsored at the New Venture Fund.
The goal of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders is to provide networking and educational opportunities for a wide range of grantmakers. Participation in events and committees is open to all staff and board members of grantmaking institutions.
The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders is pleased to host events throughout the year with the goal of introducing and educating a wide cross-section of the philanthropic community on the benefits of sustainable farming practices and food systems. Many of these events are done collaboratively with other funder networks.
SAFSF is an international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. SAFSF seeks to carry out its mission by providing opportunities for collaboration, increasing awareness of the issues as well as funding needs, and expanding beyond the current membership to increase support and funding for organizations that (i) promote sustainable and just food production; (ii) link to concerns about sustainability and justice of our food system; and/or (iii) connect food production with issues of environmental stewardship, diet and heath, and viability of communities.
The Union of Concerned Scientists released this publication online, featuring an interactive web feature that shows how several key practices can produce the food we need today while protecting precious natural resources for the long term—benefiting American farmers, eaters and the environment.