Food System Transition

Global food systems are often based on exploitative mechanisms that are detrimental to people and nature. Transitioning to sustainable food systems ensures long-lasting consumption of healthy foods, produced in ways that respect workers’ rights and planetary boundaries.

Impact measurement and reporting

Measuring impact supports value chain actors and their partners in gaining insight into the effects of business activities on people and planet. Creating sustainable and resilient food systems requires transparency on value chains and knowledge on opportunities for change. An example of our work is the Living Income Assessment. This assessment offers a context-specific analysis of whether the net annual income of farmer households is sufficient to cover the basic necessities required for a decent standard of living. See our Living Income Assessment page for more information.

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Smart farming

Impact management and strategy

To achieve the Impact Economy, the world must transition towards sustainable food systems. All along the value chain, respect for planetary boundaries and workers’ rights should be embedded in food production. Future-proof food systems require value chain actors to develop and execute business strategies using impact information. Integrating impact information in decision-making enables the transition towards food systems which are efficient, just and environmentally friendly.

Priority areas

Fair working conditions

We ensure meeting the criterias of human rights at work; no use of child labour, farmer’s receive a fair income and living wages, gender equality is met, and health and safety is guaranteed.

Biodiversity and soil health

In all the work that we do, we consider biodiversity. The health of the soil is also one of our key focus areas. We pay attention to land and water use, themes around agri-food and regenerative farming.

Sustainable protein production

Alternative proteins are key to sustainable food systems, and that is why we focus on the production of alternative proteins in the food transition. Animal welfare is also equally important to us.

Healthy and nutritious diets

As part of our focus we want to ensure food is grown, produced and distributed in a way that supports global food security. Part of that mission is to look at the status of healthy and affordable diets.

Partnerships & Clients

The True Value of Food Initiative (TVFI) was launched at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in 2021 by, among other stakeholders, Impact Institute, True Price Foundation and the UNFSS Scientific Group, and is allied to the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub.

The main objective is to unlock the potential of the True Value of Food for governments, businesses, investors, and consumers by providing them with a new economic basis for decision-making

The Global Partnership on True Price of Food (GPTPF) enables actors in the food sector to embrace and apply true pricing on a large scale. The goal is to provide governments and businesses with the tools they need to make healthy, sustainable and affordable food available for all through true pricing.


  • Estimating farmer household income

    To further their goals, LICoP asked Impact Institute to draft a methodology for calculating the actual income of farmers.

  • The true price of Dutch bread

    In 2018, Bakkerij van Vessem wanted to have more insight into the true costs of their ‘Hollandsch Brood’.

  • Scaling up the Beyond Chocolate initiative

    This paper reports the scalability and long-term risks and benefits of the Beyond Chocolate initiative, a programme seven members of…

  • Zeeman CSR Report

    Zeeman 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility (MVO) Report

    The Report demonstrates Zeemans’ transition to making their assortment and organisation more sustainable.


Who we help

Selection of our clients