This week, the AGree initiative, which seeks to build consensus and catalyze action on food and agricultural policy, released five papers addressing individual challenges for the future of agriculture.

AGree, if you are not familiar, is an agricultural initiative driven by a coalition of nine of the world’s leading foundations, including:

  • The Ford Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • The Walton Family Foundation

As the list shows, the AGree initiative is backed by significant financing and political influence. The group’s vision, as stated on its website, states: “AGree envisions a world in 2030 in which people everywhere have access to affordable food that is nutritious and safe and promotes their health and well-being. Food and farming systems meet the nutritional needs of a growing global population, conserve the natural resources that sustain us, and diversify the supply of renewable energy feed stocks. Both rural and urban communities are food secure and economically robust. Farmers, ranchers, and workers throughout the food and agriculture supply chain are able to sustain the health of their families, the land, and animals, and benefit from improved access to high quality education, health care, and career opportunities.”

The papers, according to an AGree release, address aspects of one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: meeting the food, feed, fuel, and fiber needs of a growing and increasingly prosperous world while maintaining and improving environmental quality.

“Each paper presents a unique viewpoint around the idea that productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes go hand in hand,” says Jim Moseley, an AGree Co-Chair, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and co-author of one of the papers.

The papers, each of which is available online, include:

Cooperative Conservation: A Producer-Led Approach to Achieving Healthy Agricultural Landscapes, by Kristin Weeks Duncanson, Jim Moseley, and Fred Yoder

Increasing Sustainability of America’s Working Landscapes through Improved Public-Private Collaborations at Multiple Scales, by Jim Faulstich, Steve Jester, and Jim Stone

Towards a Knowledge Infrastructure for Science-Based Policy and Sustainable Management of Agricultural Landscapes, by John Antle, Susan Capalbo, and Laurie Houston

Food and Beverage Company Sustainable Sourcing Initiatives in Farming Regions, by Hal Hamilton and Elizabeth Reaves, with portions contributed by Sean McMahon, Steve Peterson, and Jan Kees Vis

Securing the Future of Western Agriculture: A Perspective of Western Producers, by Pat O’Toole and Dan Keppen

AGree commissioned the papers, but notes the opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official AGree positions. Learn more about the AGree initiative at