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Who We Are

A Pan-European movement uniting civil society and funders in the transition to healthy, just & sustainable food environments

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

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Bike of Bees, September 2022
Saskia Richartz

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

Join our Movement

HFHP aims to be a movement of movements by lifting up and building bridges between campaigns and networks within and between European countries, connecting and catalysing civil society to break down silos, and driving systemic change.   

Thus far we have identied the constituencies or honeycombs in the below beehive fully acknowledging that this may change as the movement grows and evolves.  Please see How we work for an explanation on the self-organising approach to governance.

You can click on the honeycombs or scroll down to learn Who is Who.

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

Join our Movement

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We bring together stakeholders from different sectors (health, food, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare, labour rights and just transitions) with a shared belief that the current food system is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unjust.

Because together our impact is more powerful and inevitable

Started to ponder over the initiative’s concept in 2020, it was in 2021 that over 120 civil society groups and funders co-created a strategic framework, imagining a food future where all people are able to eat healthy, just and sustainable diets with a lot of plant-based and little and nature-friendly animal-based foods. 

In this future, foods are produced in ways that regenerate ecosystems, protect animal rights, and support workers.

Overall our first and foremost priority  is to decrease the consumption of harmful animal-sourced foods and to promote sustainable plant- and pasture-based foods in Europe through changing food environments. 

We act to radically transform our food environments so that accessible, just, healthy and sustainable food (with a majority of plant-based foods) is the norm and harmful agriculture ends. We support each other, share learnings, expertise and campaign together. Together our impact is more powerful and inevitable.

Who is Who

Coordination Team

The Coordination Team serves all constituencies in HFHP, weaving stronger connections between and across them, amplifying (joint) campaigns, strengthening the learning, and managing the pooled fund.

Marinke van Riet

Chief Weaver

Giulia Laganà

Fund Manager

Diana Ugalde

Programme Officer

Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table is the proposed main body that would have the final say on funding decisions that have made their way through the movement. The table is made up of six members (3 each for the CSOs and funders) selected by their respective communities and membership would be on a two-year basis, to allow for rotation and new members.

The Kitchen Table meets online every quarter, in person once a year (COVID-19 permitting) and approves smaller grants on a rolling basis offline. The fund currently has an annual budget of 2.8 million euros a year.

Funders

A dozen European and international foundations, with interests spanning health, climate, animal welfare, just transitions and biodiversity, have contributed to supporting the movement since we started in 2020. Some Funders have both contributed to the pooled fund and devoted staff time to the HFHP co-creation process, others have provided funding. Oak Foundation and ClimateWorks Foundation provided strong support in 2022 to boost the initiative.

In addition to those contributing to the pooled fund, there are foundations whose funding is aligned with the strategic framework. We call them aligned funders, and they include the European Climate Foundation and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.

Funded Members

Funded members are those that received funding from the pooled fund for projects in line with the strategic framework and categorised by lever. Below you find a profile of all the funded projects, the lead organisation and members involved, a short description of the project, duration and amount, and to which lever they are contributing.

To link and learn, you can filter the projects by lever of change (finance, retail or sub-national action), including cross-cutting levers such as narrative shift, engagement with the health sector or strategic litigation.

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ALTAA
France

ALTAA

A campaign to accelerate ‘radical’ food system's transitions in local areas across France through a national alliance of local areas and national organisations, civil society, local authorities, businesses and academia.
Sub-national Action
Link to Template Page
Aktion Agrar
Germany

Aktion Agrar

A project supporting the campaigns of an activist network of mainly young people that are working to change and put pressure on agriculture corporations.
Sub-national Action
Link to Template Page
Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal
France & Portugal

Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal

A project exploring the role of plant-based diets in managing diabetes through healthy diets and integrating diets such as the Mediterranean and Nordic diets.
Narrative Shift
Health Sector Engagement
Link to Template Page
Confederación de Consumidores y Usuarios (CECU)
Germany, Spain & United Kingdom

Confederación de Consumidores y Usuarios (CECU)

A project to build a common framework for a food system change in Spain, bringing together key actors to develop joint initiatives and campaigns.
Narrative Shift
Link to Template Page
Ecologistas en Acción Región Murciana
Germany, Spain & United Kingdom

Ecologistas en Acción Región Murciana

A project that campaigns to reduce the level of nitrates being released into the Mar Menor in Spain, a well-publicised crisis, by targeting agriculture and supermarket producers.
Retail
Link to Template Page
Eurogroup for Animals
Europe-wide

Eurogroup for Animals

A policy and public campaign that brings together consumer organisations, public health actors and animal advocates to work on health-consumer-animal welfare angles to help reshape the food system.
Retail
Narrative Shift
Health Sector Engagement
Link to Template Page
European Public Health Alliance, Eating Better, Wir Haben Es Satt and Reseau Action Climat
France, Germany & United Kingdom

European Public Health Alliance, Eating Better, Wir Haben Es Satt and Reseau Action Climat

Build EPHA, Wir Haben Es Satt and Reseau Action Climat capacities to engage with the health sector.
Health Sector Engagement
Link to Template Page
Food Foundation
United Kingdom

Food Foundation

A project to deliver a 1-day Summit aimed at investor-related actors to discuss and share initiatives across the food systems ecosystem.
Finance
Link to Template Page
ICLEI European Secretariat
Europe-wide

ICLEI European Secretariat

The Buy Better Campaign aims to catalyse the attention, both at the national and European level, on Public Food Procurement as a driver of change by amplifying the actions of local and regional stakeholders. This should build the case for mandatory criteria and implementation strategies as part of the new European policy framework.
Narrative Shift
Sub-national Action
Link to Template Page
KLUG (German Alliance on Climate Change & Health)
Germany

KLUG (German Alliance on Climate Change & Health)

A project that will engage health actors in animal-sourced foods (ASF) reduction campaigns and build the coalition with key organisations and food system actors.
Narrative Shift
Health Sector Engagement
Link to Template Page
Vegetarian Society of Denmark (DVF)
Denmark

Vegetarian Society of Denmark (DVF)

A project that aims to engage three key sectors (investment, retail and health) in the transition to reduce meat consumption and production in Denmark whilst sharing international best-practice.
Finance
Retail
Link to Template Page
Women Engage for a Common Future France
France

Women Engage for a Common Future France

A small workshop and education-based project that sits within a larger European project called ‘Nesting’. Aim is to inform parents, health and early childhood professions, and local actors about various health and environmental topics.
Narrative Shift
Health Sector Engagement
Link to Template Page

Lever Communities

In our ecosystem, our levers of change or entry points (finance, retail, and subnational action) act as catalysts for thriving Communities of Practice, powered by Mighty Networks.

Lever communities are spaces where food change makers across Europe congregate to push for change in a particular lever area.

National Coalitions

Three national coalitions, Eating Better in the UK, Wir Haben Es Satt in Germany and Reseau Action Climat in France plus the European Public Health Alliance (as the host of the civil society component) have played an important part in steering the HFHP strategy. This is because they are positioned as important actors in the food space at national and local level, or in the case of EPHA at the EU-level.

To strengthen their weaving abilities at national level and at the same time build the cross-country power, we are creating national weaving roles (or equivalent title) with Eating Better, Collectif Nourir in France, and Wir Haben Es Satt in Germany. We have also added the Transitie Coalitie Voedsel in the Netherlands to this group. The national weavers or equivalent title also have a role to coordinate one of the three levers so that they are simultaneously strengthening their geographic and thematic know-how.

Movement members

HFHP is composed of diverse movement actors, from grassroots organisations to formal NGOs, across Europe.

A full list of organisations can be found on this map.

Annual Forum

Once a year HFHP will organise a convening forum or super-circle, around three concepts. Reflect. (Un)learn. Prioritise.

This is the key accountability space in a self-organising governance approach

Hosts

Due to our desire to stay nimble, HFHP is hosted through Climate Works Foundation for the pooled fund and through the European Public Health Alliance for the civil society movement building component.
This may change in the future.