About Food Chain Reaction

Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game is a simulation and role-playing exercise intended to improve understanding of how governments, institutions, and private sector interests might interact to address a crisis in the global food system.

The scenario is set five years from today in a world where population growth, rapid urbanization, extreme weather and political crises combine to threaten global food security. The game’s players—high-level decision makers representing nations, international institutions, and the private sector—will collaborate, negotiate, make decisions, and confront tradeoffs while dealing with a chain reaction of consequences resulting from their actions.

By simulating a disruption in the global food system, Food Chain Reaction is designed to help high-level decision makers better understand the interdependencies within that system and the cascading effects of our decisions and actions. Through the game, we will elevate player’s awareness about these complex relationships, so they can ultimately discover new knowledge and tactics to reduce future global food security risks.

Maize crops © Global Warming Images/WWF

About the Organizers

Food Chain Reaction is being produced by World Wildlife Fund and the Center for American Progress, with game design from CNA. Funding and technical support for Food Chain Reaction have been provided by Cargill with major support from Mars, Inc. Additional funding has been provided by DuPont, Louis Dreyfus Group, Sealed Air Corporation, and Thomson Reuters.

World Wildlife Fund


World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change.

Center for American Progress


Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.



Cargill logo

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 152,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. As a company dedicated to being the global leader in nourishing people, Cargill is working to address the complex challenges of feeding the world while at the same time protecting the planet. Learn more about our perspective on the global food system, food security and sustainability at foodsecureworld.



Center for Naval Analyses

CNA is a nonprofit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research. CNA serves the public’s interest by providing objective, empirical research and analysis that helps decision makers develop sound policies, make better-informed decisions, and manage programs more effectively. With more than 70 years of experience in exercise and real-world event evaluation and analysis, CNA is a leader in supporting preparedness, mitigation, and emergency response activities at all levels of government.

Mars, Inc.


MARS logo

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history and some of the best-loved brands in the world including M&M’S®, PEDIGREE®, DOUBLEMINT® and UNCLE BEN’S®. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars has more than $33 billion in sales from six diverse business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 75,000 Associates across 73 countries are united by the company’s Five Principles: Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom and strive every day to create relationships with stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of as a company.

About the Contributors

Food Chain Reaction would like to thank the following for their generous support:

  • Molly Jahn, University of Wisconsin
  • Marc Levy, Columbia University
  • DuPont
  • Louis Dreyfus Group
  • NASA
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Thomson Reuters