NEW | What's holding back investment in agroecological research for Africa?

IPES-Food, Biovision & the Institute for Development Studies has released a new report - 'Money Flows: what is holding back investment in agroecological resarch for Africa?' - analysing the all-important financial flows in food system research that go to sub-Saharan Africa.

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Q&A with Hans Herren | “People and nature ahead of profits for a small few”

We spoke with Biovision president Hans Herren on the big issues at the heart of agricultural research in Africa. Why funding is key, why real transformation has been impeded, and why agroecology is a truly sustainable paradigm on the rise.

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Q&A with Million Belay | Agroecology tied to SDGs and the Paris Agreement?

The ‘Money Flows’  Report looks at what’s holding back investment in agroecological research for Africa.  We spoke to Million Belay of IPES-Food and AFSA  on why research funding for agroecology matters.

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Q&A with Melissa Leach | After COVID-19, agroecology could play a vital role

A new report on investments in agroecology is set for release. To get the details, 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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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 global pandemic, with a special report on COVID-19 and the crisis in food systems. 

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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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