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Special focus on AgroecologyNow! critical perspectives on UN Food Systems’ Summit

Failure to Engage: Civil Society Marginalised in UN Food Summit

The UN Food Systems Summit claims to launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, it has sought to develop a dialogue-based participatory process with different actors at multiple scales on how to transform our food system. However, civil society organisations and allied academics are raising concerns about the high-level corporate influence of the Summit, the undermining of democratic institutions and inclusive multilateralism as well as its lack of grounding in human rights. Read at:

Power to the Elites? Multistakeholderism and the UN Food Systems Summit

Multistakeholderism has become a new buzz word in food systems governance. It is also at the heart of how the UN Food System Summit (UNFSS) is organized. In theory, encouraging dialogue between various parties is a good thing. In practice, however, multistakeholderism fails to recognise that not all stakeholders start on an equal footing. It ignores critical questions like: who will be most-affected by a given set of policies and consequently, whose voice should be prioritised? Read at: Please also check out this short video explaining the concept of multistakeholderism and how it undermines people’s participation in the UNFSS.

Science Policy Interface – Open letter

Some of the main players of the UNFSS science group promote the establishment of a new science-policy interface for food systems. Academics following the UN Food Systems Summit have contested this proposal that would bypass existing democratic mechanisms and science policy advice through the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the  UN Committee on World Food Security.

Sign the open letter to policy makers here  [also available in French and Spanish] and endorse the message to the European Commission to reject the proposal for a new science policy interface here.

Technology Sovereignty for Small Farmers – webinar recording

As part of the People’s Counter-Mobilization to the UN Food Systems Summit, civil society organisations and the AgroecologyNow! Collective co-convened a discussion on agricultural technology from a food sovereignty perspective. Check out this webinar recording to hear the testimonies of farmers, fisherfolk and mobile indigenous peoples across four continents, including critical questions they raise about the type of technology and innovation that small-scale food producers genuinely need and want. Read summary and overview here:

More Critical views on UNFSS from our Networks

AgroecologyNow! Features

Article and podcast – Transforming Cape Town’s Covid soup kitchens into spaces of dignity: a community vision

This blog post explores the emergence of community kitchens in South Africa in the wake of the COVID crisis. It examines their potential as a move beyond the ‘charity’ model of addressing hunger, towards a transformative perspective, rooted in dignity and the right to food. Readers can also learn more in this article and in a new podcast series “uPhakantoni?” (what are you dishing?). Read the blog at: 

Open Access Article – Democratising the governance of agri-food systems: let the people decide

This paper describes and critically reflects on a participatory policy process which resulted in a government decision not to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton in farmers’ fields in Mali (West Africa). The process described is part of ongoing participatory action research on democratising the governance of agri-food systems. As such, the authors’ critical reflections on the politics of knowledge and exclusion of black African farmer voices from policy and technological choices are particularly relevant for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS).

Reflections on the IPES Food & ETC Group report ‘Long Food Movement – Transforming Food Systems by 2045’ 

In this webinar recording activists and researchers from the Philippines, Mali and the UK reflect on two very different futures for food systems – “agribusiness-as-usual” and radical food system transformation reclaimed by social movements –  as imagined and described in the recently released IPES Food & ETC Group report ‘A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045‘. Visit to watch the webinar.

Statement – Call for solidarity with the Palestinian People

The AgroecologyNow collective condemns the violent Israeli attacks on the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and in Israel and calls on other scholar activists to continue to stand in solidarity with all Palestinians and farmers who feed them. Further, it is advocating for the enactment of all Palestinians’ rights – as enshrined in international law – to protection of life, land and livelihoods, and to freedom, dignity and peace. Read at:

AN! Column – The Stories We Trust: Regulating Genome Edited Organisms

In ongoing discussions about the regulation of genome edited organisms in the United Kingdom and the European Union, existing regulation to prevent harm to human and planetary health is often portrayed as the ‘bad guy’ trying to curb progress. What if we look at GMO-regulation in a different way? How to think of and design policy frameworks of care that support people- and earth-centred or agroecological processes of change? This article unpacks the narratives that underpin corporate campaigns to deregulate new technologies of genetic engineering. Read at:

This is What Diversity Looks Like! – Reflection on Land Skills Fair event (UK)

The Land Skills Fair took place in the UK from 13th to 15th August 2021. The event was the first major in-person gathering organised by the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) since the covid pandemic – it centred not only their commitment to up-skilling for the agroecological transition, but also to building a diverse and people-centred food and farming movement. Chris Maughan reflects on the significance of the event for the LWA and the UK agroecology movement in general. Read at:

Webinar Recording – Farming for Climate Justice

Farming for Climate Justice is a transdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University (UK) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa) to enable explorations of food and farming systems exposed to the climate and biodiversity crises. The collaboration kicked off with three webinars focusing on three of the COP26 key themes: resilience and adaptation, nature and finance. Watch at:

New Animation: To transform food systems money needs to move towards agroecology

Together with Brussels-based social justice organisation CIDSE, CAWR and the AgroecologyNow! group have produced a short and punchy animation to make the case for defunding harmful industrial agriculture and funneling that money into agroecology instead. This video is part of an ongoing CIDSE-CAWR collaboration investigating agricultural funding flows, and adds another voice to the growing chorus calling for the transformation of agriculture finance, in support of agroecology. Click here to watch in English, French or Spanish:

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Highlighted Publications, Events and Updates From our Networks