IPES-Food has just released a report arguing for a Common Food Policy for the European Union:. The report proposes 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.”
The report provides 4 reasons why a common food policy is required:
1. INTEGRATION ACROSS POLICY AREAS: A Common Food Policy is needed to put an end to conflicting objectives and costly inefficiencies.
2. INTEGRATION ACROSS GOVERNANCE LEVELS: A Common Food Policy is required to harness grassroots experimentation and align actions at EU, national, and local levels.
3. GOVERNANCE FOR TRANSITION: An integrated food policy can overcome short-term thinking and path dependencies in a way that sectoral policies cannot.
4. DEMOCRATIC DECISION-MAKING: A Common Food Policy can revive public participation in policymaking, reconnect citizens to the European project, and reclaim public policies for the public good.
The Common Food Policy vision draws on the collective intelligence of more than 400 farmers, food entrepreneurs, civil society activists, scientists and policymakers consulted through a three-year process of research and deliberation.
Full report is available here
Summary report here
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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Last week, IDS and Oxfam released a new report: Precarious Lives: Food, Work and Care After the Global Food Crisis
The report found that the global food crisis of 2007-11 changed the relationship between the work people do and the food they eat. The report notes that the costs of these changed relationships have gone uncounted by global policymakers.
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A new report on “Non‐judicial grievance mechanisms in land‐related disputes in Sierra Leone”, has just recently been released. The report was produced in collaboration between FAO and Namati under the project on the implementation of The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in Sierra Leone.
The report can be downloaded here: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5908e.pdf
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”.
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