The Demand Generation Alliance (DGA) has been established with a single vision to make nutritious and sustainable food, the preferred consumer choice.
Our mission is to drive societal preferences towards nutritious and sustainable food by leveraging social and cultural strategies.
WHY SOCIAL AND CULTURAL STRATEGIES?
To achieve 2030 sustainability goals, we need to radically change how we think and act about food. Society and culture underpin and greatly shape consumer food choices: they set up lifelong preferences and habits, which are often hard to break, and they influence what is acceptable and appropriate.
Food preferences are driven by food norms, beliefs, values, social groups, social institutions, and technology.
Society and culture profoundly impact what we eat. We leverage these society-wide, socio-cultural drivers to unlock downstream interventions to transform demand for nutritious and sustainable foods.
The shift in mindset and preferences will come through coordinated, collaborative action that enables and shapes consumer demand, rather than waiting for it to emerge organically. These actions must be society-wide that complement and support ongoing initiatives. Cross-sector collaboration is necessary because no one sector can fully address consumer demand.
We also know that legislative victories happen when societal attitudes are in favour of a proposed change. For example, marriage equality in the U.S. has been fought in the court of public opinion through the media’s portrayal of LGBTQ over a 10–15-year period, which has led to new attitudes, societal norms, and laws.
We have developed a proprietary model to effect change at the societal level. The DGA will activate key levers of change across multiple channels of engagement. Certain actors are better positioned to influence different levers of change and work through different channels.
There is a critical space within the societal level for collaborative engagement. Demand cannot be created by one factor or one actor alone. Our proprietary model, with 5 levers of change, facilitates multi-stakeholder, cross-sector collaboration.
DGA Operating Model
The DGA has an ambitious 3-pillar model to deliver on its mission.
Pillar one: Build Knowledge
Our actions are based on evidence, drawing from multiple disciplines, and ensuring that the work we do is strong. The DGA will:
- Integrate evidence and knowledge to support decision making and build awareness on social and cultural action
- Generate hypotheses about what works to catalyse additional research and test further, and
- In collaboration with coalitions and action groups, disseminate learnings to support translation into practice via tools
Pillar two: Strengthen Collaboration
Effective coalitions emerge from a shared understanding of the issues, trust amongst partners across sectors and coordination of efforts. We will work toward increasing the number of connections and social capital across sectors. To ensure aligned and effective coalitions are formed, the DGA will:
- Convene and support dialogues and workshops in countries and regions
- Identify connections across sectors and create opportunities for cross-sector work
- Facilitate shared learning to spur collaborative action to increase demand of nutritious and sustainable food at scale
Pillar three: Enable Action
The nature of our ambition means that stakeholders in countries need to be able to work together on different subjects. Ensuring that we have multiple perspectives and strengths informing our actions is critical to achieving our mission.
Building on the work of our coalitions, we will support
- The creation of issue-based action groups in countries and help them to generate proof of concepts that address a food preference issue.
- The development and application of tools to address consumer food preferences via social and cultural strategies
- Action groups to generate further evidence and learnings to support our mission
We will generate accessible public tools that meet high standards of evidence and are developed using a transparent and inclusive process.
DGA membership will open in 2023 to institutions or organisations at global, regional or country level that seek to address topics that align with its mission. Members must adhere to UN Global Compact principles.