The Open Food Network
A global network of community-driven food distribution enterprises, enabling the regeneration of landscapes, soils and local economies.
Open Food Network Ambassador, Olivier De Schutter - former United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food - explains why he believes that the Open Food Network is an essential tool helping build food sovereignty.
Pau Perez - from Open Food Network, Katuma and Co-op Devs - explains how the international Open Food Network project contributes to the commons at a global and local level in this presentation to FOSDEM in 2019.
Farm day on a 50-acre Community Supported Agriculture farm which uses the Open Food Network to sell its produce to local people through an online Food Hub.
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Open Food Foundation
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small NGO (under 50 employees)
If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.
Open Food Network Australia
Open Food France
Open Food Network UK
Open Food Network Scandinavia
Open Food Network Canada
Open Food Network USA
Open Food Network Belgium and Luxembourg
Oxfam Magasins du Monde
Open Food Network South Africa
Open Food Network Germany
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
We have a global vision and are supporting all our food hubs and new country instances to apply for this prize
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
Our food system is a major driver of the greatest challenges humanity is facing: climate change, ecosystem collapse, plastic and chemical pollution, diet-related disease, hunger, farmer poverty and suicide, social isolation, modern slavery.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
We will not be able to enter the competition with this application because our vision is a better food system for the world. But we hope that the content of this application will be used by communities around the world - including those already involved with the Open Food Network - to build their food vision for their local community
What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Current mainstream food system is organized around a small number of monopolistic actors who disconnect and disempower communities, producers and eaters.
There are many alternatives reconnecting producers and eaters and supporting sovereign and regenerative farming and distribution models BUT they are still economically fragile, and not replicating rapidly due to lack of efficiency (limited access to tools & knowledge) and difficulties in cooperating (many groups are reinventing wheels).
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
We connect a global community of committed people, to work together on effective solutions
We produce and openly share management and networking tools and sectoral knowledge resources, through research and software development
We support an ecosystem of locally embedded partners, delivering services that make these tools and knowledge relevant and easily accessible
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Short term outcomes (0-5 years):
- The Open Food Network is democratically managed by a community of contributors all over the world, who implement together new ways of working based on wholeness, empowerment and consent-based decision making.
- Actors of the food system can easily find, connect and learn from one another through the Open Food Network, and have access to adapted management tools, enabling them to build efficient distribution systems
- The Open Food Network hosts a comprehensive set of resources and tools including software, use cases, sectoral analysis and best practice to achieve economic viability.
Intermediate term outcomes (5-10 years):
- Every community-driven food distribution enterprise in the world has access to the Open Food Network resources in their language and can use them to support their performance and sustainability
- Every citizen in the world looking online for a community-driven distribution hub can easily find one through the Open Food Network, or is proactively supported to create one through turnkey knowledge resources and tools
- Any existing mainstream food enterprises willing to pivot are supported to switch towards community-driven food production and distribution models by the Open Food Network community
In our long term vision:
- Sustainable farming practices are commonplace, supported by a network of community-driven food distribution enterprises, enabling the regeneration of landscapes, soils and local economies
- The food system is composed of diverse and inclusive food enterprises using models and tools that suit their context and are modelled on natural patterns
- Food sovereignty is underpinned by technological sovereignty: all actors of the food system have a common ownership of knowledge, tools and infrastructure that enable collaboration through seamless interoperability.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
We hope to talk to the Food System Vision team to discuss how we can integrate the Open Food Network vision (summarized above) with their plans.
How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?