Tools & methodologies

From Backcasting to Participatory Mapping, here we've gathered an array of tools, methodologies, and resources that we seamlessly integrate into our workshops and diverse projects. Explore our tools for food system inspiration!


This tool helps define and develop a future vision for a food system solution adapted to a specific context. We then work backwards from that vision to uncover the necessary steps to realize it.

Systems interactions mapping

Systems interactions mapping handles the core question of what are interactions or potential consequences to consider when navigating choices in food systems.

Participatory mapping

In participatory mapping, we identify spatial patterns and connections related to current trends, including the locations of on-going projects that are relevant to the topic.

Joint timeline development

Building on an appreciative inquiry approach, participants in this process co-create a joint timeline of drivers and patterns of change related to agriculture, the environment and the interaction between them.

Participatory monitoring, evaluating and learning

By carefully drafting and adapting learning questions, selecting indicators and methods for use on the ground, and more, a MEL plan helps to track progress & impact, and enables adaptive management and continuous co-learning.

IFSS Portal

The Innovative Food System Solutions (IFSS) portal bundles food systems resources & tools for entrepreneurs, producers, researchers, policy makers, businesses, students, youth (& youth allies), NGOs, investors, …

Food Systems Dashboard

The Food Systems Dashboard is an online tool that combines data from different sources to create a complete view of food systems, allowing you to compare food system components across different countries and regions.‍


AgEvidence by The Nature Conservancy allows people to explore and visualize tens of thousands of data points regarding the impact of regenerative agriculture.

Driving Sustainable Change: Uniting Public and Private Sectors in Food Systems Transformation

In June 2023, amidst the Business Fights Poverty (BFP) Global Summit, Glocolearning has facilitated a workshop session with practitioners from public and private sectors to delve into the intricacies of systems change.

Co-creating a vision for change in 2050 in a pastoralist setting in Isiolo, Kenya

What is the food environment in a pastoralist setting and how can the food environment be more resilient to climate change and connected to environmental sustainability?

Learning from mistakes

At glocolearning, we stand for openness and connection, courage and humility, for ourselves and others.

Seeding “Wild Futures” in food systems transformation: Using Backcasting to Strengthen Innovation Case Studies

Since early 2022 we have been collaborating on the Wild Futures Project led by Marrio Herrero, Daniel Mascon D’Croz, and their team of researchers

Boosting food systems thinking & cross-disciplinarity at the GAIN 20th anniversary workshop sessions

On October 20th 2022, to celebrate GAIN’s 20th anniversary, a ‘reshaping food systems and nutrition’ workshop took place.

Moving beyond “silver bullets”: Co-learning through the EatSafe Food Safety Innovation Challenge in Ethiopia and Nigeria

What began as a shared priority to focus on improving food safety in local traditional market settings across teams at the EatSafe Feed the Future Initiative

Action roadmap: Eatsafe Food Safety Innovation Challenge

In 2022 Glocolearning, in collaboration with USAID, GAIN and SUNBusiness Network has facilitated at the Eatsafe Innovation Challenge in Nigeria and Ethiopia to enhance food safety solutions in traditional markets.

Change tracks: Wild Futures Project with Cornell University

Glocolearning facilitated a 2022-2023 workshop series in collaboration with Cornell University's Department of Global Development and IFSS Portal Initiative, supporting the Wild Futures project

Action roadmap: the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)'s 20th anniversary

In October 2022, GAIN hosted a workshop in Utrecht, Netherlands, facilitated by Glocolearning, focusing on understanding Tanzania's urban food environment through a food systems approach

Action roadmap: Wageningen University & Research Food systems course

Glocolearning guided a 3-day action roadmap workshop, uniting students and professionals, as part of a collaborative Food Systems course at Wageningen University & Research.

Changing tracks with the Central Highlands Ecoregion Foodscape (CHEF) project

Glocolearning provided support to the CHEF project, hosted by The Nature Conservancy in partnership with CGIAR, focusing on regenerative agriculture in Kenya's Central Highlands.

Visioning with the Social Gastronomy Movement

A 30-minute online visioning exercise hosted by the Social Gastronomy Movement (SGM) to inspire participants to envision a hunger-free and nutritious future by 2030.

Visioning at the Business Fights Poverty Summit

A 90-minute visioning workshop hosted by Business Fights Poverty, NutritionConnect (GAIN), and IFSS Portal Initiative aiming at exploring the potential of public-private partnerships in promoting healthy and sustainable diets

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“The co-creation and co-learning approach is contributing a lot to how we develop foodscapes.”

Stephen Wood
The Nature Conservancy, USA