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Food Tank and BCFN, a partnership of values

The two organisations have collaborated for some time now to promote sustainable agriculture and food for all. In 2016, BCFN participated in Food Tank Summits through its Alumni presence. For 2017, a few events are already on the calendar to talk about and work towards the development of individual and collective best practices.

The partnership between BCFN and Food Tank, an American non-profit founded by Danielle Nierenberg in 2013, continues to draw the two organisations closer together. BCFN is an official partner of Food Tank, while Nierenberg is a member of the BCFN Advisory Board. But the collaboration between them goes far beyond their institutional aspects.

Throughout 2016, BCFN participated in numerous events organised by Food Tank in the United States, all focused on topics which both entities particularly take to heart: from sustainable agriculture to climate change, down to waste reduction and urban farming. BCFN brought its experience on these subjects through the presence of a few of its Alumni at the Summits organised by Food Tank throughout the year in important American cities.
These events allow a broad audience, from experts in the field of food sustainability to the average citizen interested in the future of the planet, to meet scientists, researchers and policy makers, beyond so-called “food heroes”. These experts are figures which Food Tank sought out and selected due to their substantial contribution to the promotion of good practices in the food industry. This includes organisations which fight for food to be considered a primary human right for all, enlightened entrepreneurs (especially women) who want to change the food industry, and even researchers, such as the two young winners of the most recent BCFN Yes! contest.

In 2017 BCFN and Food Tank will continue to work together, even more closely, reciprocally posting each other’s content on their respective websites (both the websites and social media profiles) and participating in various events on the agenda.
The first is set to take place 2 February 2017 with a Food Tank summit in Washington, DC, held in collaboration with George Washington University, dedicated to new food policies. The discussions continue 1 April in Boston, Massachusetts, with an event co-organised by the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, dedicated to funding research in the field of sustainable agriculture and nutrition.
In May 2017 Food Tank will hop across the pond to London, where it will hold an event along with City College and the Sustainable Food Trust. In August 2017, the Food Tank Summit will travel all the way to San Paolo, Brazil to discuss family farming, one of the most sustainable forms of food production, but also one which is threatened in Latin America by changes in production models which have put intensive farming at an advantage.
Finally, in October the conference will touch down in Los Angeles, California, where a Summit is to be dedicated to actions which can change the food production system - a topic also at the heart of so many BCFN initiatives.

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