World Resources Institute enters Academic Partnership with EAT

Published June 9, 2017

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has entered an academic partnership with the EAT Foundation and Craig Hanson, WRI’s Global Director of Food, Forests & Water, will join EAT’s Advisory Board. The two organizations will collaborate to align research on healthy and sustainable diets.

WRI is a global research organization that works with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain natural resources. The organization, whose work spans more than 50 countries, focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

“Food is at the center of many development and environmental issues including deforestation, water scarcity, and climate change. But with the right innovation, big thinking and collaboration there are also very real solutions,” said Craig Hanson, Global Director of Food, Forests & Water at World Resources Institute.

«I’m looking forward to serving as an advisor to EAT, and for this partnership to help advance a sustainable food future for all» Craig Hanson

Hanson is a co-author of the World Resources ReportCreating a Sustainable Food Future. He has also co-developed a number of leading initiatives, including the Food Loss and Waste ProtocolChampions 12.3, and the Better Buying Lab.

“This partnership marks an important collaboration between two organizations dedicated to developing science-based, actionable solutions for healthy and sustainable diets,” said Jonathan Farnell, CEO of EAT. “We welcome World Resources Institute on board as an academic partner and are looking forward to working with Craig Hanson in our Advisory Board.”

The EAT Foundation’s additional academic partners are: MIT, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, New York Academy of Sciences, Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California Berkeley, Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Cornell Atkinson Centre for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, UCL Institute for Global Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Craig Hanson will speak at the upcoming EAT Stockholm Food Forum on June 12th.

This is World Resource Institute (WRI)

  • Global research organization
  • Offices in the U.S., China, India, Brazil, the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, Mexico
  • 700 experts and staff in climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities and transport, governance, business and finance


The work is organized around six critical goals that the world must achieve this decade in order to secure a sustainable future:

  1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  6. Sustainable Cities: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.