Food Security Strategy Group


Recognizing the complexity and severity of food insecurity and the geopolitical, humanitarian, market, and environmental challenges it poses, the Aspen Institute's policy programs have created the Food Security Strategy Group to take a long-term, global, systems approach to understanding and optimizing the food security order over the next 30 years.

The Aspen Institute's series of essays authored by Food Security Strategy Group members for the Journal of Ideas

The critical question to be addressed through this work is: How can we sustainably and equitably feed a growing world population without exceeding the natural resources carrying capacity of the planet?

The Food Security Strategy Group is a high-level, non-partisan, and international forum through which a group of leaders and experts—drawn from government, academia, and the private and non-profit sectors—explore pre-eminent food security challenges. By harnessing the Institute's international affiliates and building upon the Institute's recognized role as a convener of multiple stakeholders, the Strategy Group aims to incubate a global set of values through which leaders can influence food security factors and collaborate across sectors and geographies.

The Strategy Group is comprised of prominent and influential leaders in business, government, non-profit organizations and academia, and co-chaired by Madeleine K. Albright, Thomas A. Daschle, Tony Elumelu, and Dan Glickman. Strategy Group members strive for cross-sectoral solutions between four interlinked areas: population, health and poverty; science, technology and innovation; markets, trade and investment; and environmental sustainability.

The Group, developed by the Institute's Energy and Environment, Aspen Global Health and Development, and the Middle East Programs, launched in June 2013 with a 3-day convening in Marrakesh, Morocco and has been convened in Rome, Belgrade, Des Moines and Milan over the past 2 years. The Group is focusing on the strategic development of coordinated food security planning at a global level, working between sectors to share best practices for leadership and governance on food security.


The Food Security Strategy Group is convening for a third dialogue in Milan this July 7-9 alongside the EXPO Milano 2015. In partnership with Aspen Italia, the Aspen Institute will host the group for both closed door FSSG dialogue sessions to discuss the planned FSSG report findings and the role of governance and national security in food security, as well as extended engagement with Italian counterparts during the EXPO. A final report based on the FSSG’s discussions to date is planned for release in fall 2015. Any questions regarding participating in this meeting should be addressed to Nic Buckley at


Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group, Former Secretary of State
Thomas A. Daschle
Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group; Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation
Dan Glickman, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Congressional Program, Former Secretary of Agriculture

The Aspen Institute is grateful to the Food Security Strategy Group's generous sponsors and hosts:

Anchor Sponsor
Bunge Ltd.

Land O' Lakes Inc.
Desjardins Group
The Coca-Cola Company
Vital Capital Fund

Dialogue Hosts
2013 Marrakech Dialogue Host: OCP Group
2014 Rome Dialogue Host: Aspen Institute Italia