Food Policy

Policy-making structures are often highly compartmentalized and poorly equipped to respond to the cross-cutting challenges in food systems. Diet-related diseases, food safety, marketing to children, labor conditions, immigration, water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and support for farmers: these issues are all connected to the food system, but are mostly overseen by separate governmental bodies. In the EU, the US and beyond, IPES-Food is working with wide-ranging food system actors to co-develop integrated food policies, i.e. frameworks to bring a range of poorly aligned policies (agriculture, trade, environment, etc.) under one roof, to refocus them on clear and consistent objectives, and to drive a transition to sustainability.


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A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045

IPES-Food and the ETC Group map out two very different futures for food systems, people and planet. What do the next 25 years look like under 'agribusiness-as-usual'? Food systems in the hands of data platforms and e-commerce giants? Or do civil society and social movements reclaim the initiative? We imagine what a 'Long Food Movement' could achieve by 2045 if these movements succeed in collaborating more closely than ever.

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EU Trade Policy for Sustainable Food Systems

IPES-Food and the European Centre for Development  Policy Management (ECDPM) provide specific recommendations on how the EU can support the global transition to more sustainable food systems. As the world’s largest food importer, the EU can use its trade policies and agreements to stimulate and incentivise more sustainable practices by its trade partners.

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The Added Value(s) of Agroecology: Unlocking the potential for transition in West Africa

West Africa has all the ingredients to become the epicenter of the global agroecology movement, and one of the frontrunners in transition to sustainable and equitable food systems. Through a three-year participatory research process, IPES-Food identified eight key obstacles to agroecology in West Africa, but also four leverage points where sustained action could accelerate the agroecological transition in the region.

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February 2019 | Food Policy | EU

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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What makes urban food policy happen? Insights from five case studies

Through a series of five case studies, this report provides insights into the factors that enable the development and delivery of urban food policies, how these enablers can be harnessed, and how barriers can be overcome. 

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September 2020

US Food Policy Process Concept Note

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, IPES-Food's US-based team is looking to support collaborative work to build a National Food Policy for an agroecological, regenerative, sustainable, and equitable food system for the USA.

May 2018

Q&A: Why does the EU need a Common Food Policy

A brief Q&A on why the EU needs a Common Food Policy

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All media
April 2021

OPINION | Six Months to Prevent a Hostile Takeover of Food Systems, and 25 Years to Transform Them

Common Dreams

April 2021

PODCAST | The Glasgow Food & Farming Declaration

Food Talk

February 2021

OPINION | Monopolies In the Food System Make Food More Expensive and Less Accessible

Civil Eats

September 2020

Global goals: Is there still time to save the world?


September 2020

OPINION | For sustainable agriculture in West Africa, let’s leave our echo chambers

African Arguments

September 2020

L'Afrique, pionnier mondial de l'agroécologie


July 2020

OPINION | ‘One CGIAR’ with Two Tiers of Influence? The Case for a Real Restructuring of Global Ag-Research Centres


July 2020

REGARDEZ | Agriculture en Afrique : des donateurs intéressés ?

France 24

July 2020

OPINION | Need for a radical shift in Africa’s agricultural funding models


June 2020

Industrial agriculture receiving bulk of Africa’s agricultural development funding


June 2020

Coronavirus response: Hacking emergency food supply chains

AL Jazeera

March 2020

Op-ed by IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter and Olivia Yambi


March 2020

Olivier De Schutter comments on opaque preparations for UN Food Systems Summit

The Guardian

December 2018

Gutes und hochwertiges Essen für alle

Wiener Zeitung | Olivier De Schutter & Thomas Waitz

November 2018

La Thérapie, C'est L'action

Monde Qui Bouge | Céline Teret interview with Olivier De Schutter

May 2018

As CAP Reform Enters Familiar Cycles, a Common Food Policy Offers a Plan B for the EU

ARC2020 | Olivier De Schutter

May 2018

Campaigners fear Latin America is rolling back on eco-farming promises


September 2017

A Food Policy for Europe

European Green Journal | Olivier De Schutter

July 2017

What Makes Urban Food Policy Happen? An Interview with Corinna Hawkes

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

November 2014

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

Washington Post | Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, Olivier De Schutter

January 2018

Olivier De Schutter presents a Common Food Policy for Europe

Metropoli Agricole 2018