EFSAF is a thematic network of European foundations with a medium to long-term focus aiming to promote a more sustainable, overarching food policy in Europe encompassing policies on agriculture, rural areas, food and health.

Focus areas

EFSAF takes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a general framework and considers climate change and health negotiations as key elements to achieve sustainable agriculture and food systems. In the short term, EFSAF members have identified the current review of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) − unanimously seen as needing serious improvement − as the network’s primary and immediate entry point for intervention.


In this context, the group looks at:

  1. Engagement with different stakeholders, including NGOs, researchers, think tanks, farmers’ organisations, academia and policymakers with different geographic scopes of intervention, expertise, and experience working towards sustainable agriculture and food systems in Europe.
  2. Engagement with other funders located in different countries that share the group’s vision on sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Network background

EFSAF is not a pooled fund or a funding scheme, and foundation members contribute according to their mission and means. This may take different forms, such as support of coalition building and strategic thinking; implementation of performance measurement of food systems at country level; production of evidence-based research and development of a common narrative; public mobilisation and campaigning; advocacy work towards governments as well as support to grass-root organisations; support of innovative projects; organisation of events for debate with all actors in the field of food systems; and/or thematic workshops with experts and policymakers.

EFSAF proactively looks for activities that fill gaps identified and prioritised together with partners. By doing so, EFSAF facilitates the creation of links. For example, outcomes of research activities can be useful for advocacy and/or practitioners, or networking activities could bring different actors to the table, among others.

This may happen on national, EU or international level. EFSAF is currently focusing on France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain as well as at the European level and potentially in other countries with a priority on under-financed actors.

EFSAF also aims to raise awareness of the issue and bring more funders to the field.

Organisations Involved

Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition (IT)

Fondation Agropolis (FR)

Fondation Carasso (FR/ES) – Chair

Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (FR) 

Fondation de France (FR)

Fondazione Cariplo (IT)

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (DE)


Interested foundations can contact Silvia Balmas for a full strategy document presenting EFSAF’s vision, objectives and functioning.


The European Foundations for Sustainable Agriculture and Food (EFSAF) is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022