The role of the Expert Panel is to produce reports, case studies, and other analytical outputs and processes on various topics connected to sustainable food systems. The Expert Panel is currently composed of 22 highly-respected individuals (see Panel Members) appointed for a three-year renewable term. Many of these individuals have affiliations to other committees, organizations, and institutions in the food systems field. This overlap will allow IPES-Food to ensure that its work is complementary to those initiatives. However, all experts sit on the panel in their individual capacity, and do not represent any other organizations within IPES-Food.
Panel members are selected on the basis of their individual expertise and understanding of food systems, their willingness to listen and learn, and their commitment to building bridges across constituencies in support of transitions to sustainable food systems. In each term, it will be ensured that a basic balance is maintained between the gender, geographic origins, scientific disciplines and types of knowledge represented in the panel.