The Food Systems Track supports strategies to meet the rapidly growing global demand for food while also protecting the natural resources critical to the future of food production and human well-being. Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members in this Track focus on reducing the environmental footprint of food production, increasing smallholder farmers’ productivity through access to agricultural inputs, training, and markets, and ensuring that nutritious food reaches those who need it most.

2016 Focus Areas 

  • Advancing Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems
  • Improving Environmental Outcomes in Agriculture and Food Value Chains
  • Increasing Smallholder Productivity and Profitability


In 2015, CGI members made 10 new Commitments to Action in support of smallholder farmers. These commitments were catalyzed in part by CGI meetings on smallholder finance, access to technology and data innovations, and supply chain approaches for improving smallholder livelihoods and well-being. Members also convened to identify opportunities for collaboration to improve environmental outcomes throughout food value chains. To continue advancing these priority areas in 2016, members will largely focus on leveraging agricultural supply chains as drivers of environmental and social improvement.

Selected Commitments

Energize Learning: Locally Sourced Groundnuts for Ghana
Commitment by: The Hershey Company
Commitment Partners: Ghana School Feeding Program 

In 2015, the Hershey Company committed to train 7,500 smallholder farmers in Ghana on improved agronomic practices and empower them to supply commercial markets with groundnuts (known in the United States as peanuts). Read more »

Nutrition in the 1st 1000 Days: Healthy Mothers and Babies
Commitment by: Gardens for Health International 
Commitment Partner: Segal Family Foundation, Child Relief International, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Musanze District 

In 2015, Gardens for Health International (GHI) committed to improve antenatal care and nutrition for 1,600 women in Rwanda. Read more »


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