Nine leading food system thinkers join IPES-Food

Nine leading food system thinkers, researchers and activists have joined IPES-Food for the 2018-2020 period, paving the way for increasing impact in a growing number of world regions.

The new members, who will take part in their first panel meeting at the end of May, will extend the panel’s geographical reach to new countries and extend its expertise in a range of fields:

  • Nicolas Bricas, an expert in the socio-economics of food systems and senior scientist at French research institute CIRAD.
  • Joji Carino, a campaigner on inidigenous peoples and human rights, and Senior Policy Advisor and former Director of the Forest People’s Programme.
  • Jennifer Franco, a researcher-activist at the Transnational Institute (TNI) specializing in agrarian reform, rural democratization and food sovereignty.
  • Mamadou Goïta, a socio-economist with expertise in training and education systems. Executive Director of the Mali-based Institute for Research and Promotion of Alternatives in Development.
  • Raj Patel, Research Professor at the University of Texas, is a food writer and communicator with a political ecology background and expertise on global hunger.
  • P.V.Satheesh, a leading civil society activist in India, and founding member and General Secretary of the Deccan Development Society.
  • Ricardo Salvador, an agronomist with a focus on sustainability and systems analysis, Director and Senior Scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (US).
  • Nettie Wiebe, an organic farmer, former President of the Canadian National Farmers’ Union, and a leading voice in the creation of La Via Campesina.
  • Yan Hairong, Associate Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, specialist in labor, gender, rural-urban relations, collective and cooperative rural economy, and a lead contributor to the food sovereignty network in China.

IPES-Food would like to thank outgoing panel members Claude Fischler, Corinna Hawkes, Martin Khor and Phrang Roy for their contributions to the panel over 2015-2017.

See the IPES-Food panel 2018-2020 and full profiles