Resilient Food Solutions

ALLFED works to make the world’s food supplies resilient to global catastrophes through research and alliance building.


What problem is ALLFED working on?

Experts have warned for decades that a global pandemic was imminent. Yet when COVID-19 struck, the world was largely unprepared. Moreover, as the public realised their cities would soon go into lockdown, their response was to hoard food, quickly emptying grocery store shelves — even as they were told there was no risk of a food shortage.

What will happen if, as experts predict, an even more devastating catastrophe occurs that actually does damage global food supplies?

If the climate changes dramatically — especially if the sun is blocked, for example, due to a nuclear war causing nuclear winter — or if there is a significant disruption to industry or shipping, global food supplies could dwindle. How can we continue to feed people and maintain peace if grocery stores truly do run out of food?

What does ALLFED do?

ALLFED seeks to provide practical food solutions so that, in the event of a global catastrophe, governments and communities can respond quickly, save lives, and reduce the risk to civilisation.

ALLFED researches resilient foods that can be scaled up quickly in a catastrophe. Because this work is so neglected and there is significant risk, ALLFED believes it is likely that this will cost-effectively save lives and improve the long-term future. ALLFED is also studying the best ways to communicate with governments and the public during a catastrophe. ALLFED’s solutions involve global alliance building and preparedness planning for resilient food systems.

ALLFED has received funding from an EA Lottery, the Centre for Effective Altruism, the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative and multiple times from the Survival and Flourishing Fund.

What information does Giving What We Can have about the cost-effectiveness of ALLFED?1.

We don't currently have further information about the cost-effectiveness of ALLFED beyond it doing work in a high-impact cause area and taking a reasonably promising approach.

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