Based in Brussels (Belgium), IPES-Food operates as an 'Association International Sans But Lucratif' (AISBL).
IPES-Food AISBL's statutes can be found here.
A new panel guided by new ways of thinking about research, sustainability, and food systems
Established in 2015, the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) works to shape debates on food system reform through policy-oriented research and direct engagement with policy processes around the world. The panel brings together environmental scientists, development economists, nutritionists, agronomists, and sociologists, as well as experienced practitioners from civil society and social movements. The panel is co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter*, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and Olivia Yambi, nutritionist and former UNICEF representative to Kenya. IPES-Food employs a holistic food systems lens and focuses on the political economy of food systems, i.e., the differential power of actors to influence priority-setting and decision-making.
IPES-Food’s work is guided by the following principles:
Read the full 10 Principles document
IPES-Food is a fully independent panel, without financial or organizational ties to any corporations, governments or intergovernmental agencies. The topics addressed by IPES-Food reflect what the panel of experts considers to be most relevant for the transition to sustainable food systems. IPES-Food's research agenda will be relevant to those actors, institutions and processes, but will not be set by them. If the panel’s analysis and recommendations are to be commensurate to the challenge of sparking a shift to sustainable food systems, they cannot be made to fit within the parameters set by specific actors, organizations or processes. The principle of independence is central to the panel’s work.
IPES-Food is currently funded by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Open Societies Foundation, and the Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme.
*During the European election campaign, April-May 2019, Olivier De Schutter will temporarily step down from his role as IPES-Food co-chair, and will not be taking on new public engagements on behalf of IPES-Food.
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