How we work

An expert panel guided by new ways of thinking about research, sustainability, and food systems

How we work

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) is an independent panel of experts with a mission to promote transition to sustainable food systems around the world. Since 2015, IPES-Food has shaped the debate on global food system reform through scientific reports & detailed policy recommendations. 

IPES-Food is unique both in its composition and its approach:

  • With experts from 16 countries across 5 continents, the panel brings together ground-breaking thinkers on global food systems, including a World Food Prize laureate, a holder of the Légion d'Honneur, a Balzan Prizewinner, and two recipients of the Right Livelihood Award. The panel is co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter, current UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Maryam Rahmanian, independent expert on agriculture and food systems.
  • Comprising environmental scientists, development economists, nutritionists, agronomists and sociologists, as well as experienced practitioners from civil society & social movements, the panel takes a systemic approach that recognizes the complex and interconnected nature of challenges in food systems, and the power relations that shape decision-making.
  • With a track record of co-constructing solutions with a wide range of food system actors, IPES-Food takes a democratic approach to knowledge that values cutting-edge science while recognizing the importance of experiential, indigenous & traditional knowledge.
  • IPES-Food does not accept funding from governments or corporations, allowing the panel to deliver independent analysis that addresses the most pressing questions.

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IPES-Food is currently funded by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Open Societies Foundation, the Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme, and the 11th Hour Foundation. 


Based in Brussels (Belgium), IPES-Food operates as an 'Association International Sans But Lucratif' (AISBL).

IPES-Food AISBL's statutes can be found here