Pathways matter

Rethinking Food Systems

A few days ago I mentioned a new book was out: Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law.
Today I was reading one of the chapters and one particular part resonated with me:

It is always tempting for the proponents of business-as-usual to dismiss as utopian proposals that are so far-reaching that they seem to be revolutionary in nature, and to dismiss other proposals as so minor and insignificant that they will not really make a difference. We must move beyond this false opposition. What matters is not each of the policy proposals considered in isolation, whether reformist or more revolutionary. It is the pathway that matters: the sequence of measures that, step by step, may lead to gradually moving beyond the existing fragmentation of international law and of global governance.
De Schutter, O.  (2014) The reform of the Committee on World Food Security: The quest for coherence in global governance.  pg 237

Full reference:
De Schutter, O. (2014). The Reform of the Committee on World Food Security: The Quest for Coherence in Global Governance. In N. C. S. Lambek, P. Claeys, A. Wong, & L. Brilmayer (Eds.), Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law (pp. 219–238). New York: Springer.

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  • Ruth Segal
    Posted at 09:28h, 01 May Reply

    Hi Jess, If you’re not yet familiar with it, work by the STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) on the ‘pathways’ approach might be of interest. It’s a joint initiative of IDS (Institute of Development Studies) and SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research). The website is: and the pathways approach is outlined here:
    best wishes, Ruth

    • foodgovernance
      Posted at 09:35h, 01 May Reply

      Hi Ruth,
      Yes, I am familiar with it but not familiar enough. I will try to find some time to read up so we can discuss in Glasgow!
      All the best,

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