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Food, Nutrition and Health Investor Coalition

S2G Ventures, Food Systems for the Future and other partners have launched the Food, Nutrition and Health Investor Coalition (FNHIC), a call to action to drive $2.5 billion in private investment over the next three years to improve hunger and health outcomes through food. The announcement was made at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, a catalytic event for the investment ecosystem and public-private exchange at the intersections of food, hunger and health.


With poor nutrition accounting for more than $50 billion in U.S. health care costs each year, there is tremendous opportunity for the food system to drive down these costs, improve patient lives and complement existing healthcare systems. This would essentially form a bridge between disease care and health care, according to Sanjeev Krishnan, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at S2G Ventures.


“If we are going to successfully and expeditiously close the large gap between nutrition and healthcare, however, we must have as many stakeholders at the table as possible, which is why we are so excited to join Food Systems for the Future and other founding partners to launch the Food, Nutrition, and Health Investor Coalition,” says Krishnan.


FNHIC includes agtech, food tech, nutrition, healthcare, biotech, pharma, and generalist firms, as well as innovators and executives supporting the development of innovative new technologies that will increase access to high-quality, affordable, nutritious foods and deliver positive health outcomes. The coalition also has the potential to expand with other capital providers in the future.


In addition to S2G Ventures and Food Systems for the Future, founding FNHIC participants include ACON Investments, Astanor Ventures, Beyond Impact Advisors, Bluestein Ventures, Boardwalk Collective, Cleveland Avenue, iSelect Fund, KdT Ventures, Khosla Ventures, L Catterton, Leaps by Bayer, Mayfield Fund, Middleland Capital, PowerPlant Partners, Rethink Food, Rich Products Ventures, Supply Change Capital, Synthesis Capital and Tyson Ventures.


With more than 34 million Americans experiencing food insecurity and 117 million suffering from diet related disease, the U.S. is confronting a ballooning hunger and nutrition crisis, says Ertharin Cousin, Founder of Food Systems for the Future.


“The good news is we know what it takes to successfully respond: Multisector financial investments in scalable food and agtech businesses to create a sustainable, equitable food system that improves people’s health outcomes; respects the planet; and ensures geography and income are never barriers to nutritious, affordable food,” she says.


“Along with S2G and the other Food, Nutrition, and Health Investor Coalition founding partners, I am thrilled to see the bold capital investments either already made or planned. Our partners recognize it is possible to deliver market rate financial return and make a sustainable nutrition impact and we hope this catalyzes more corporations, asset managers, and asset owners to join this effort. I look forward to expanding our coalition of private-sector stakeholders committed to ending hunger, malnutrition and reducing diet-related diseases both here at home and abroad.”


Food-insecure individuals are at higher risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. At the same time, global developments including the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have disproportionately impacted these individuals. Supply shocks have driven food prices higher. The pandemic has reinforced the linkage between nutrition and health, with high comorbidity rates between COVID and obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.


To address these developments, FNHIC believes stakeholders must embrace innovation that puts deflationary pressure on food prices to address hunger and targets nutrition needs for high-risk individuals. FNHIC seeks to highlight and financially support the incredible amount of emerging technological innovation underway that leverages the power of affordable and nutritious food to remediate hunger and improve human health.


“Khosla Ventures has been focused on investing in technology companies that work on food to drive healthy outcomes for people and a more sustainable world,” said Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures. “Today’s news underscores the importance of food and nutrition and we look forward to working with the Food, Nutrition and Health Investor Coalition to advance our collective efforts.”


FNHIC’s call to action is the start of a long-term, high-potential journey to realize the benefits of greater exchange between food, hunger and health innovation in the public and private sectors.


More information about FNHIC can be found on the Food, Nutrition and Health Coalition website.


Food, Nutrition and Health Investor Coalition Launches

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