Opportunities to Engage: Food Systems

Rebuilding resilient food systems requires strategic engagement, influence, and impact at scale—and WWF is uniquely positioned to deliver. If we invest in innovative and regenerative agricultural practices, use technology to better manage production, and implement solutions to reduce food loss and waste we can halt the degradation of critical landscapes and water resources and to restore nature. With our partners across the world, we can ensure that nature will thrive while nourishing people.

Regenerative and Resilient Food Systems

  • Sustainable Protein Systems

    We partner with some of the world’s largest food companies because they can help drive more sustainable production of meat, fish, dairy, and feed at scale. As a founding member of multi-stakeholder platforms and performance-based standards for sustainable protein and feed production (e.g., Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, Global Salmon Initiative, Field to Market), WWF has strong relationships across value chains.

    Our goal is halting the conversion and deforestation of remaining critical natural habitats for food production and reducing the use of water, energy, and land for feed production.

    WWF works with seafood stakeholders along global supply chains from fishers and farmers to retail on transitioning toward sustainable, responsible, and traceable seafood from both wild-caught fisheries and farmed seafood species. Learn more about seafood sustainability.

    Rancher on a horse in the grasslands

Conserving Critical Landscapes From Ag Production

  • Northern Great Plains

    Comprising about 25% of the area of North America’s Great Plains, the NGP is one of the few remaining areas of intact temperate grasslands in the world. WWF is catalyzing change over a large production landscape to avoid loss of habitat and protect iconic species. We engage value chain stakeholders to incentivize and invest in grassland conservation. We work in collaboration with multiple sectors to align priorities and drive conservation results at scale (e.g Central Grasslands Roadmap, Great Plains Conservation Network).

    Expansive Norther Great Plains landscape

Reducing Food Loss and Waste

  • Hospitality and Food Service

    WWF serves as a coordinator of the global hospitality and food service sectors on the topic of food waste, supporting sector initiatives and tool development through its strategic partnerships. WWF aims to accelerate food waste reduction across these sectors globally through collaboration, measurement and reporting standardization, and policy advocacy, and has developed food waste reduction resources including Hotel Kitchen for hospitality, 86 Food Waste for the restaurant industry, and a guest communications toolkit.

    A chef rolls out dough on a counter in a hotel kitchen
  • Grocery Retail

    WWF partners with grocery retailers and food businesses across the supply chain to make transformational commitments to reduce food waste, analyze operational data to find areas for improvement, and explore innovation. WWF has published a toolkit for retail waste reduction and is leading partner in the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, a public-private partnership engaging some of the nation's largest food businesses alongside local, state, and provincial governments to reduce waste across the West Coast.

    A woman with a beige tote bag walks through the produce section of a grocery store
  • Taking Action on Food Waste Policy

    WWF, in partnership with other leading NGOs, has developed a comprehensive food loss and waste policy that will help the US meet its goal of halving food waste by 2030, while also working to build a more regenerative and resilient food system, mitigate climate change, and reverse nature loss. Building off of this action plan, WWF advocates alongside companies for specific policies—such as the Zero Food Waste Act and School Food Recovery Act—to give communities across the country the support they need to measure, prevent, rescue, and recycle food waste. Get in touch with [email protected] to learn more.

    All of WWF's Food Loss and Waste projects are viewed through the lens of addressing larger systemic food inequities experienced by communities that face barriers—such as immigrants, people of color, and Indigenous peoples. Our aim is to ensure that our projects maximize food use, advocate circular systems, contribute to little to no land conversion, and engage in diversity, equity and inclusion-positive practices. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with diverse actors on this work, and if you are interested in getting in touch, please visit our Partnership Opportunities page or email [email protected].

    Bright wheat in front of a very blue sky