SPECIAL REPORT | COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has taken stock of the past 100 days amid the global pandemic, with a new special report on COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems. 

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Q&A | After COVID-19, agroecological innovation could play a vital role

On 10 June, a new report on investments in agroecology is set for release. So we spoke to Melissa Leach, director of IDS and a member of IPES-Food’s expert panel.

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Q&A | A Brief History of Food Governance – with Pat Mooney

With multilateralism increasingly under attack, Pat Mooney provides a brief overview of the events that have chipped away at coherent decision making in food systems – a timely reminder as we approach the proposed World Food Systems Summit in 2021.

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“We must cultivate our own garden”

A growing Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa has gathered in Senegal, joined by international agencies and donor organisations looking to take agroecology to the next level.

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IPES-Food welcomes the first draft of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

IPES-Food has submitted a contribution to draft one of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. Here's what we had to say on this important process.

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REPORT | Seven case studies of agroecological transition

IPES-Food report provides concrete examples of communities breaking away from industrial agriculture.

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IPES-Food urges CFS to take bold action on agroecology

IPES-Food responds to Committee on World Food Security's (CFS) Policy Convergence Process on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches. 

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REPORT | Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU


This report argues for a Common Food Policy for the European Union: a policy setting a direction of travel for the whole food system, bringing together the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability.

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February 2019 | Food Policy | EU

VIDEO | How we can change our food systems: Integrated Food Policy

Public policies are failing to respond to the challenges in food systems. Integrated food policy making can bring a range of poorly aligned policies (agriculture, trade, environment, development, food safety…) under one roof, to refocus them on clear and consistent objectives, and to drive a transition to sustainability.

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December 2019 | Food Policy

VIDEO | How can we feed the world? By asking different questions

How can we feed a growing population sustainably? The current ‘feed the world’ narrative is failing to address issues of poverty, access, and social equity. Its ignoring the root causes of insufficient diets. And it doesn’t take into account where, by whom, and how food should be produced. If we started asking the right questions on ‘how we can feed the world’, we might begin to find the solutions we need to feed the world sustainably

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February 2019 | West Africa

NEWS | L'agriculture africaine doit radicalement changer de modèle

IPES-Food Panel Member Emile Frison and Christine Frison argue for a new model of agriculture for Africa. Featured in Les Echos. 

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October 2018 | Agroecology

REPORT | Seven Case Studies of Agroecological Transition

This report describes seven case studies of agroecological transition to draw insights on how the lock-ins of industrial food systems can be overcome, where the key leverage points for transition are located, and how transition towards sustainable food and farming systems can be best supported.

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The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) brings together a diversity of expert voices to shape policy debates on how to reform food systems around the world. 

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