Food system transformation

Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world. (Nyéléni Declaration, 2015)

Agroecology gives power and value to the “rural poors”, urban dwellers, agricultural workers, Indigenous, etc. Transformation is needed at all levels in societies. The global governance of food and agriculture is a critical space where to advance agroecology and food sovereignty agendas.

The below documents relate to the work done by civil society organisations on food and agriculture global governance within the global institutions: FAO, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Civil Society Mechanism for the CFS (CSM).

Global governance

Serie of podcasts, developed in the framework of the Erasmus + project “Bridging Generations in Agroecology”, funded by the EU.

Podcast 1 – Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the global spaces. Interviews of Nora Mc Keon (Terra Nuova, Italy) and Kannaiyan (Farmers Association of Tamil Nadu, India)

Podcast 2 – How CSOs are organized in the Committe on world Food Security (CFS). Interviews of Martin Wolpold-Bosien (CSIPM), Elene Shatberashvili (Elkana, Georgia)

This article helps lay a basis for the kind of deep analysis of the stakes of global food governance that is required today, under the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and with the threat of corporate capture of decision-making spaces.

Can gene editing and agroecology be complementary? Various formulations of this question now animate debates over the future of food systems, including in the UN Committee on World Food Security and at the UN Food Systems Summit. Previous analyses have discussed the risks of gene editing for agroecosystems, smallholders, and the concentration of wealth by and for agro-industry. This paper takes a different approach, unpacking the epistemic, socioeconomic, and ontological politics inherent in complementarity. Can Agroecology and CRISPR Mix? The politics of complementarity and moving toward technology sovereignty (2021.)  Agriculture and Human Values

Woke Science and the 4th Industrial Revolution: Inside the Making of UNFSS Knowledge. Maya Montenegro,  2021. Society for International Development 2021


Civil society organized at international level

Committee on World Food Security (CFS)



FAO and agroecology

Food chain concentration

Criminalization of social movements

At European level

Schola Campesina developed in 2019 an online training course dedicated to the global governance of food and agriculture.

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