La Vía Campesina and the UN Committee on World Food Security

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will meet next week in Rome for its 43rd session.  It is thus rather good timing that a new paper on the CFS has just been published in the Review of International Studies. 

The paper, written by Josh Brem-Wilson, Research Fellow, Coventry University, is called “La Vía Campesina and the UN Committee on World Food Security: Affected publics and institutional dynamics in the nascent transnational public sphere

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Colombians have a chance to vote for peace

Please note that while the following may seem a bit off track, a bit different from the normal postings on this blog, agrarian reform is a fundamental component of the Colombian peace agreement. It is also a key moment in history that we need to be paying attention too. Congrats on publishing this, Felipe!

After a lifetime of conflict, we Colombians have a chance to vote for peace

This piece was originally published on The Conversation by Felipe Roa-Clavijo, University of Oxford

On October 2, the Colombian people will vote in a referendum to approve or reject the peace agreement their government has signed with the FARC, a revolutionary left-wing guerilla movement. Many Colombians have waited their whole lives for a chance like this – and me among them.

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SEPT 27 Colloquium: Challenges of the 2030 Agenda for science and knowledge for food systems

In 2015 the international community achieved a new milestone with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 2 focuses explicitly on food and nutrition security, while other SDGs address further relevant aspects of agriculture and food systems.

Against the background of this renewed global commitment to sustainable food security and nutrition, the HLPE has co-organized with the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) an International Colloquium inviting scientists and experts from public institutions, civil society and the private sector to discuss the challenges that the 2030 Agenda implies for science and knowledge with regard to food systems. The Results of this dialogue will contribute to the upcoming global consultation process for the identification of “Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition”.

The colloquium will take place in Stuttgart, 27 September 2016, starting at 10.00 CEST (8.00 a.m. UTC).

The event will be webcast and can be followed live at this link (Silverlight must be installed)

 

 

Interdisciplinary Postdoc position – “Food system transformability to ecologically intensive production and sustainable value chains”

We are hiring a Postdoc for a neat project in Chile and Uruguay. Deadline for applications is September 19th

Based in Wageningen with frequent travel.

More information here:

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The development of sustainable food systems depends on

  • resilience and adaptability of socio-ecological systems to respond to short term variation in drivers, and
  •  system transformability to reach new equilibria under drivers that change over longer periods of time.

The different food system components, their interactions and feedbacks, and the different time scales on which they operate give rise to complex systems in which interventions may have diverse and unexpected outcomes. Systemic learning and co-innovation have been advocated as key elements for analysis and decision making in complex (food) systems.
The Postdoc will develop and implement a systemic learning approach on ecologically intensive production and value chains.

The main research question will be “How can stakeholders stimulate transformation towards sustainable vegetable food systems in Chile and Uruguay?”

The Postdoc will engage with actors in selected case studies and implement a reflexive interactive design process. Starting from a baseline assessment of a longlist of case studies (joint work with the PhD projects), the Postdoc will engage with selected case studies to jointly build and monitor a change trajectory of their food system. Methods may include workshops and interviews to build case study innovation histories; fuzzy cognitive mapping and scenario development; Agent Based Modelling or game development. The Postdoc will be involved in running the project together with the project coordinator and enhance the systemic capacity for food system innovation.

Join the #CFS43 social media bootcamp!

A great opportunity to update your social media skills and to spread the word about the Committee on World Food Security

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The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are joining forces to extend the social media outreach for 43rd session of the CFS (#CFS43). #CFS43 will be held in Rome on 17-21 October 2016.

CFS is the foremost inclusive platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. As well as the official #CFS43 session, “CFS week” also includes a wide range of side events on a variety of themes as well as other activities.

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Call for Papers – Reclaiming the political: Reflections on the tactics and strategies of actors in the quest for just and sustainable food governance

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Abstract:

Food security is a “wicked” development problem which is deeply political and for which there is no single solution. Re-imagining how to reshape the existing governance arrangements that have facilitated a world where more than one billion people are obese, and almost another one billion are under-nourished at a time of increased resource scarcity and climate change, requires deliberate and committed politicization of related policies.

One challenge is that while development is inherently political the governance arrangements (formal and informal) that coordinate development practices are often organised in ways that have de-policising effects. More concretely, when it comes to food security governance trends towards multi-stakeholder platforms, data-driven indicators with related monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and consensus-based decision-making processes, serve to conceal relations of power and the agendas of particular actors in the name of consultation, technocracy, and democracy.

This panel invites papers that:

– Identify and analyse ways in which actors, especially civil society and social movements insert politics and issues of power into governance spaces;

– Reflect on similarities, differences and interconnections across the practices, tactics and strategies used by actors to politicise the space and to push for alternatives to the dominant food systems.

– Comment and advance theorizing on emerging trends across the debates of food governance and the potential of civil society to envisage alternative scenarios and affect the policy process.

For more information, and to submit an abstract click here

Call for papers is 21 March to 25 April, so submit soon!

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Global governance for ecologically integrated food security policy

Next week (March 22) I will be speaking in Paris at INRA for a workshop on Food Security and Democracy. The title of my talk is Global governance for ecologically integrated food security policies: Reflections on reflexive governance  but if all goes well in the next week, I plan to use the talk to present some of my thinking on justice in global governance. More specifically, when I say I want to understand how we can design governance arrangement to support pathways to just and sustainable food futures, how can we start to qualify “just”.

Programme:

10h30 – 12h, Jessica Duncan (Rural Sociology, Wageningen University), Global governance for ecologically integrated food security policies: Reflections on reflexive governance

13h30 – 15h, Delphine Thivet (CMH, EHESS, Paris), Politiques agricoles et droits des paysannes : retour sur l’émergence de la notion de “souveraineté alimentaire”

15h30 – 17h, Nora McKeon (Rome 3), Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations

Where: AgroParisTech, Salle 30, 16 rue Claude Bernard, Paris 5e, Métro : Censier-Daubenton

Free entry but limited spaces available.

More info here: https://www6.paris.inra.fr/ritme/Projets-en-cours/SAGE/Seminaire/Seance-1