28 March, 2014
Food focus
Global conservation NGO pivots efforts towards food sustainability

Over the last decade, WWF has won many battles for conserving biodiversity on this planet, but continues to struggle to make major headway. With this realization, WWF has decided to refocus their efforts toward one of the key threats to biodiversity — where and how we, as humans, source and produce our food.
With issues ranging from cattle grazing in sensitive regions such as the Amazon to the amount of water used in growing crops, not to mention the greenhouse gases produced while growing and transporting food, all around us are example of how the need to feed seven billion people presents a massive challenge to the planet's finite resources.
 While WWF doesn’t produce anything, buy or sell anything or make laws or regulations, it can influence and leverage those who do. Part of WWF's strategy to be fit for purpose in the 21st Century is to redouble efforts to reduce the impact of producing food on the planet. Its overarching goal:  freeze the footprint of food by doubling net food availability. This signals a strategy that focuses on productivity, efficiency and sustainable intensification, but also on reducing waste, changing consumption patterns and addressing food security issues.
If you are looking for a career in this emerging field, WWF currently has a number of exciting job opportunities focusing on food.  These include:
Senior Vice President, Food
WWF’s Senior Vice President (SVP), Food is responsible for setting short- and long-term strategic direction for the Food Goal and is accountable for outcomes that move the needle in this area. The Food SVP will ensure that the right resources are brought to bear in several transformational initiatives.  S/he is recognized both internally and externally as a leading expert in the field and will be called upon to bring the latest thinking and innovation to solve complex problems and to influence and leverage the strategies of partners in this space. In addition to strategy development, the Food SVP is responsible for implementation for WWF-US’ Food work, building and managing a diverse team working towards a common vision and objectives, and undertaking fundraising and communication efforts.
Vice President, Animal Protein
The Vice President (VP), Animal Protein will oversee WWF’s work to  eliminate or measurably reduce or mitigate the key threats caused by the single most significant driver of biodiversity loss globally, the production of animal protein. The Animal Protein VP will be responsible for strategy development and delivery for WWF-US’ work on beef, dairy, aquaculture and other key animal proteins (e.g. poultry, eggs, pork) ; aligning WWF’s animal protein work  with its work to reduce the impacts of producing animal feed; building and managing a diverse with a large number of partners working towards a common vision with regard to animal protein issues; working with the Food SVP to engage key animal protein audiences; and supporting and/or undertaking communications and fundraising efforts.
For more information, visit: http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers

By: Ecozine Staff


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