Background

Six organizations in one:

Our global network

At GFI, we envision a food system that feeds 10 billion people while meeting global climate goals, protecting biodiversity, and maximizing public health. GFI operates in regions of the world with the greatest potential to advance the alternative protein ecosystem.

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Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Providing opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

Hover on each logo to learn about each of our organizations.

  • GFI APAC

    Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • GFI Brazil

    Providing opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • GFI Europe

    Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • GFI India

    Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • GFI Israel

    Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • GFI US

    Providing enormous production opportunities and governments interested in food innovation, Asia Pacific is a fast-growing region for alternative proteins.

  • Pillar 1:

    GFI fosters a strong open-access alternative protein research and training ecosystem

    GFI’s science and technology teams identify and resource the most critical roadblocks to taste, price, and nutritional parity with conventional protein. In 2023, we grew the Alt Protein Project to 53 chapters worldwide, unlocked funding for plant-based and cultivated meat research and development, expanded the talent pipeline by convening and training future leaders, published 42 open-access analyses and resources, and partnered with governments to ensure public funding is directed at the most critical challenges in the field.

  • Pillar 2:

    GFI fosters a strong open-access alternative protein research and training ecosystem

    GFI’s science and technology teams identify and resource the most critical roadblocks to taste, price, and nutritional parity with conventional protein. In 2023, we grew the Alt Protein Project to 53 chapters worldwide, unlocked funding for plant-based and cultivated meat research and development, expanded the talent pipeline by convening and training future leaders, published 42 open-access analyses and resources, and partnered with governments to ensure public funding is directed at the most critical challenges in the field.

  • Pillar 3:

    GFI fosters a strong open-access alternative protein research and training ecosystem

    GFI’s science and technology teams identify and resource the most critical roadblocks to taste, price, and nutritional parity with conventional protein. In 2023, we grew the Alt Protein Project to 53 chapters worldwide, unlocked funding for plant-based and cultivated meat research and development, expanded the talent pipeline by convening and training future leaders, published 42 open-access analyses and resources, and partnered with governments to ensure public funding is directed at the most critical challenges in the field.

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Accelerating
public investment

“Global demand for meat is at an all-time high,”

said Sanah Baig, Deputy Under Secretary at the USDA, speaking at the launch of the Center for Strategic and International Studies report on alternative proteins (read more on page [x]). “Protein production will need to be doubled by 2050 in order to feed our growing population, and we simply cannot do this by maintaining our status quo production systems.” 


Global food systems must adapt to feed an expanding world, but change won’t happen at the pace we need without government investment. From informing national-level strategies to developing regulatory frameworks, GFI’s policy teams are accelerating a global shift toward alternative proteins. We are
drawing connections between alternative proteins and some of the biggest challenges that
governments need to solve—from climate change to food security and public health.

Shaping the protein transition in Europe

With many European policymakers just beginning to explore alternative proteins, GFI Europe’s detailed, country-specific insights are essential to shaping the future of alternative proteins. In Germany, Europe’s largest market for plant-based meat, we launched the first State of the Industry Report on the German alternative protein ecosystem (read more on page [x]) and engaged with the Bioeconomy Council, a key advisor to the German government on sustainable resource use. Our work to inform German policymakers about the potential of alternative proteins achieved a major victory when the German parliament paved the way for a €30 million investment in the protein transition. 


GFI Europe is also working closely with the European Commission’s EU Protein Strategy, an initiative launched to diversify protein production and decrease reliance on imported feed. Our policy team helped shape a European Parliament report intended to guide the strategy, successfully removing one provision that could delay cultivated meat coming to market. The Parliament report also shared several of our policy priorities, including public investment in research and technical support for companies seeking regulatory approval. In 2024, we’re continuing to work closely with policymakers to ensure these priorities are incorporated into the final EU Protein Strategy.

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Your guide to our 2023

Building blocks

  1. GFI around the world
  2. Accelerating public investment
  3. Growing the alt protein industry
  4. Our global pillars
  5. Building the scientific ecosystem
  6. Reports and resources
  7. Events
  8. GFI in the news
  9. Powered by donors
GUIDE:

    Spotlight:

    GFI leads policy work for a pan-European think tank

    EIT Food is an influential EU-supported food innovation organization, and in 2023, GFI seized new opportunities to engage in their policy strategy. In February, we helped form their Protein Diversification Think Tank, a group that convenes select experts from academia, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Our thought leadership was recognized when GFI Europe senior policy manager Acacia Smith was elected as one of two vice presidents, leading the Think Tank’s policy work. Acacia’s role positioned us to advise on recommendations contained within EIT Food’s reports and analyses: in October, Acacia coordinated the Think Tank’s policy brief “Accelerating Protein Diversification for Europe,” which was launched at EIT Food’s flagship conference and shared with the European Commission.