We have brought the ideas and analysis of the AgroecologyNow! work into different policy arenas at local, national and international levels. Below is a selection of this work which focuses both on work in two areas:
- Official policy spaces convened by governments and institution such as the United Nations, the UK Parliament or the European Union
- Civil society and social movement processes to articulate and advance policy positions from the bottom up
We aim to link the two areas above, supporting the participation of social movements in official policy-spaces (area 1) based on the social movement articulation of policy positions (area 2).
- Priscilla Claeys and D. Delgado Pugley promoting the participation of affected communities in global climate arrangements in a policy brief published in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
- CAWR Policy brief by Priscilla Claeys and Joanna Bourke Martignoni making the case for gender equality under the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants: Women Are Peasants Too: Gender Equality and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants.
- Contributing to the public debate on the democratic deficit of the UN Food Systems Summit and the global governance of food and agriculture through a series of accessible blog entries, academic publications and open letters to policy-makers (see also Academics on UNFSS)
Claeys, P. and J Duncan (May 2021). Failure to Engage: Civil Society Marginalised in UN Food Systems Summit. AgroecologyNow blog.
Claeys, P. and J. Duncan (July 2021). Power to the Elites? Multistakeholderism and the UN Food Systems Summit. AgroecologyNow blog and video explaining concept of multistakeholderism.
Canfield, M., Duncan, J. and Claeys, P. (November 2021). Reconfiguring Food Systems Governance: The UNFSS and the Battle over Authority and Legitimacy. AgroecologyNow blog.
Open letter to policy-makers: AgroecologyNow researchers and other activist scholars stressing the legitimacy of and advocating for the continued reliance on the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) as an already active and highly competent science-policy interface of the UN Committee on World Food Security for global food and agriculture governance.
Barbara Van Dyck contributed to the IPES report ‘An ‘IPCC for Food’? How the UN Food Systems Summit is being used to advance a problematic new science-policy agenda‘.
Barbara Van Dyck helped to co-convene a webinar that started mapping “Technology Sovereignty and Agroecology” at the Food Systems 4 People counter Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems
- Advocating to shift more funding towards agroecological food and farming systems through a series of high profile workshops (e.g. COP26 in Glasgow), an animation and policy briefs co-authored with civil society organisations and socially engaged academics
Nina Moeller advocating to shift more resources from the Global Climate Fund (GCF) towards agroecology at the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow. (watch workshop recording ‘Transforming climate finance to radically transform societies: The case of GCF funding’)
Anderson, C.R. and J. Bruil. 2021. Shifting Funding to Agroecology for People, Climate and Nature. Action Aid. University of Vermont. Cultivate Collective.
Anderson, C.R, Delvaux, F., Ahmed, F., Dauby, V., Moeller, N. 2021. Making Money Move for Agroecology: Transforming Development Aid to Support Agroecology. Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and CIDSE.
- Supporting policy awareness-raising and advocacy work of civil society organisations in Europe on the dangers of deregulating new technologies of genetic engineering
Contribution by Barbara Van Dyck to the DEFRA (UK) consultation on gene editing (March 2021)
Contribution by Barbara Van Dyck to the EU Inception Impact Assessment on the proposal for a new legal framework for plants obtained by targeted mutagenesis and cisgenesis and for their food and feed products. It is based on the findings of a Commission study on new genomic techniques (October 2021)
Blog by Barbara Van Dyck unpacking the narratives that underpin corporate campaigns to deregulate new technologies of genetic engineering
Animation on legislative processes in Europe aiming to deregulate new GMOs
- Highlighting the relevance of agroecology, territorial solidarity and the right to food for the European Farm to Fork Strategy
On 14 May, the Nyéléni Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and Central Asia sent a letter to the Executive vice president of the European Commission (EC), Franz Timmermans, who is leading the European Green Deal. A week before the release of the new Farm to Fork Strategy and EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the letter called on the EC to address the need to transform the food system. Jessica Duncan, Marta Rivera-Ferre and Priscilla Claeys prepared an academic Brief on “The importance of Food Sovereignty for the Farm to Fork strategy and the New Green Deal. Insights and limits of the SAM and SAPEA reports“, that was sent with the letter. Covid-19 has exposed even more limits and dysfunctions in our globalized food systems: from our reliance on under-paid farm and food sector workers operating in poor working conditions(most often women and migrants), the risks associated with intensive animal farming, including zoonoses, to barriers facing small-scale producers when trying to access local markets, to gender inequalities and the additional risks faced by people with pre-existing diet-related health conditions. The brief argues that agroecology, territorial solidarity and the right to food should be put at the heart of the new Farm to Fork strategy.
In June 2020 AgroecologyNow researchers contributed to a collective response by food sovereignty scholars on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy
- Contributed evidence to UK National Food Strategy call for evidence. Two part submission entitled “Agroecology as a Key Pillar of A National Food Policy” available here and here.
- Professor Michel Pimbert was invited to a Round table on Agroecology in Berlin (Germany) at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on 21 October 2019. To help frame discussions on policy choices for BMZ , Michel presented a paper on Transformations for Sustainable and Just Food Systems through Agroecology (slides here). Participants in Berlin and Bonn (via video link) included senior staff from BMZ and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the German Ministry of Agriculture, and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) responsible for food, agriculture and rural development.
Professor Pimbert participated the next day in a follow up session on Overcoming Global Crises with Agroecology. Michel’s presentation focused on Institutional and political transformation for more agroecological policies and practices (slides here).
Last, Michel also engaged in a round table discussion and public debate involving about 160 people at the Heinrich-Böll Foundation on 22 October in Berlin. There were lively exchanges between the audience and panelists who represented the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a major German political party, Biowatch South Africa, and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR). The debate on Overcoming Global Crises with Agroecology was moderated by Benny Haerlin, former CSO Bureau member of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). The day’s events were jointly organised by Misereor, Oxfam Germany, Inkota, and Bread for the World.
- Providing input UN High Level Panel of Experts report on Agroecological Approaches and Other Innovations. Our feedback on V0 Draft available here.
- Participation in the European Parliament policy debate on Agroecology: Opportunities and challenges for European development policy. See here for minutes.
- Providing evidence, advice – including generating 120 page synthetic literature review, policy brief and organizing an international workshop with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) focusing on transitions to sustainable agriculture through agroecology.
- Provided statements and evidence to the 2018 UK Ag Bill process including:
CAWR response to Government consultation on the Green Paper: ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’, submitted in May 2018
Supported the Landworkers Alliance’s in their submission of evidence in Oct 2018
Submitted evidence for Ag bill in November 2018. See here.
2016-2018 – Participation on steering group of UK People’s Food Policy process. See here for more information.
- Participation as invited expert in the process of negotiation of a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas (see minutes A/HRC/36/58). Drafted report for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Normative sources and rationale underlying the draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (A/HRC/WG.15/4/3).
- Worked with the Landworkers Alliance on a Study Tour on agroecology and sustainable food systems with UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Participation on steering group and contribution to debates at Regional Symposium on Agroecology For Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems for Europe and Central Asia. See here for report with some of our contributions.
- Participation and contributions to the Nyeleni Europe Forum on Food Sovereignty (700+ participants). See some reflections and outcomes of our involvement here, here and here.
- Provided CAWR letter of comment on policy on smallholder access to markets at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Submitted written evidence to House of Commons Select Committee Enquiry on Science communication inquiry.
- Co-coordinated with European Coordination of Via Campesina an Agroecology forum in EU Parliament in Brussels. September 14/15, 2015. See: http://www.agroecologynow.com/344-2/
- Participation in International Forum on Agroecology in Mali. 2014. Click here to see our multi-media contribution coming out of this event.
Contribution to long term policy processes
2013-2017 – HLPE on Food Security and Nutrition. Professor Michel Pimbert was a member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). During the 4 years he served on the HLPE, Professor Pimbert co-authored the following HLPE reports:
- Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems (2014)
- Water for food security and nutrition(2015)
- Sustainable agricultural development for FSN: what roles for livestock?(2016)
- Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition (2017)
- Nutrition and food systems (2017) At the request of the the Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations (CFS), Professor Pimbert also co-authored two Notes on Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutritionand Critical Emerging Issues.
For more information on the HLPE on Food Security and Nutrition and its role at the science-policy interface click here.
2012-2018: Priscilla Claeys support to the elaboration and negotiation of a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas
- The Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas, adopted in September 2018 by the UN Human Rights Council, recognizes new human rights such as the right to land, seeds and food sovereignty. It represents a major victory for the global food sovereignty movement, as it was demanded and initiated by La Via Campesina in 2012, and negotiated during 6 years. The Declaration is to be adopted in December 2018 by the UN General Assembly.
- In its article 17.7, the Declaration states that: “States shall take measures aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of land and other natural resources used in their production, including, among others, through agroecology, and ensure the conditions for the regeneration of biological and other natural capacities and cycles”.
- In its article 15, the Declaration recognizes the right to food sovereignty. It states: “ Peasants and other people working in rural areas have the right to determine their own food and agriculture systems, recognized by many States and regions as the right to food sovereignty. This includes the right to participate in decision-making processes on food and agriculture policy and the right to healthy and adequate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods that respect their cultures. It also states that: “ States shall formulate, in partnership with peasants and other people working in rural areas, public policies at the local, national, regional and international levels to advance and protect the right to adequate food, food security and food sovereignty and sustainable and equitable food systems that promote and protect the rights contained in the present Declaration. States shall establish mechanisms to ensure the coherence of their agricultural, economic, social, cultural and development policies with the realization of the rights contained in the present Declaration.