Global Food Ethics & Policy Program (GFEPP)

GFEPP serves to deepen Johns Hopkins research collaborations and partnerships, works on vexing food ethics and policy challenges, and connects scholars and scientists to the societal players who are shaping the global food system. We focus on bringing about a more equitable, ethical, and sustainable global food system.

About GFEPP

The Global Food Ethics and Policy Program (GFEPP) was established in 2015 and is directed by Dr. Jessica Fanzo. The Program works across three pillars to carry out its goals:

813 million

people go to bed hungry each day

2.2 billion

people are overweight and obese

30 percent

of greenhouse gas emissions are from food systems

The Global Challenge

The burden of chronic, costly diseases such as diabetes and hypertension
The consequences of climate change and natural resources degration
The massive economic and social inequities that exist within and among nations

Current Projects

People-Centered Food Systems: Fostering Human Rights-Based Approaches
Supporting the right-holders and duty bearers in four low-income countries to better protect the rights of rural and peri-urban food actors living in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Uganda and to help improve their food security and well-being, through a more effective implementation of the rights-related instruments.
The Food Systems Dashboard
An innovative platform that launched in 2020 to bring together an extensive set of indicators to characterize global, regional, and national food systems with the overall goal to empower policymakers, United Nations and non-governmental organization development practitioners, civil society, researchers, and other stakeholders to understand food systems, assess their challenges, set priorities, and decide on actions to improve human and planetary health.
The Food Systems Countdown Initiative
A large, interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaboration involving food system experts from over 30 academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies from nearly all continents working to track and analyze global food systems and provide actionable evidence to guide change and bring about food systems transformation
Food Flows Projects
Building and contributing to an evidence base that informs action on alleviating food insecurity and building environmentally sustainable food environments of vulnerable populations

Program Leadership

GFEPP’s director is Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics

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