How we work

IPES-Food is an independent panel of experts shaping debates on how to transition to sustainable food systems around the world.





IPES-Food - the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems - is a diverse and independent panel of experts guided by new ways of thinking about research, sustainability, and food systems.


  • With 24 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. 
  • IPES-Food is co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter, current UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Lim Li Ching, senior researcher at Third World Network (TWN).
  • Comprising environmental scientists, development economists, nutritionists, agronomists, sociologists, farmers, indigenous peoples representatives, 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.








IPES-Food is grateful for the support of our funders who make our work possible: The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le progrès de l'Homme (FPH), the 11th Hour Foundation, and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

IPES-Food is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and operates as an international non-profit organization ('Association International Sans But Lucratif' - AISBL). Read the statutes of the AISBL.