CASE STUDIES 2 (October 2018): BREAKING AWAY FROM INDUSTRIAL FOOD AND FARMING SYSTEMS - Seven case studies of agroecological transition


(18.10.2017) It is possible for communities, regions and whole countries to fundamentally redesign their food and farming systems - but doing so requires changes in the way communities envision their food systems, the way knowledge is shared, the way that food systems are governed, and the values underpinning them.

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THEMATIC REPORT 3 (October 2017): Too big to feed: Exploring the impacts of mega-mergers, consolidation and concentration of power in the agri-food sector


(13.10.2017) Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other food system actors, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need.

This was the verdict of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), as it sounded the alarm on the unprecedented wave of mega-mergers sweeping through food systems in a new report launched today.

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THEMATIC REPORT 2 (October 2017): Unravelling the Food–Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems  


(09.10.2017) Industrial food and farming systems are making people sick in a variety of ways, and are generating staggering human and economic costs - according to a major new report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).

Decisive action can be taken on the basis of what we know, the Panel found, but is held back by the unequal power of food system actors to set the terms of debate and to influence policy.

Lead author Cecilia Rocha said: “Food systems are making us sick. Unhealthy diets are the most obvious link, but are only one of many pathways through which food and farming systems affect human health.”

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CASE STUDIES 1 (June 2017): What makes urban food policy happen? Insights from five case studies.  


(12.06.2017) Cities are rising as powerful agents in the world of food and are finding innovative ways to put food policies in place, according to a new report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).

"Cities are taking matters into their own hands to try to fix the food system," said lead author Corinna Hawkes. "Hundreds of cities around the world are taking concerted policy action — whether it be to ensure access to decent, nutritious food for all, to support farm livelihoods or to mitigate climate change."

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THEMATIC REPORT 1 (June 2016): 'From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems'


(02.06.2016) - Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition.

The solution is to diversify agriculture and reorient it around ecological practices, whether the starting point is highly-industrialized agriculture or subsistence farming in the world’s poorest countries, the experts argued.

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IPES-Food and the new science of sustainable food systems: Who shapes food systems, and who has a say in how they are reformed?


(20.05.2015) - Who holds the power to shape food systems, and who sets the terms of debate when it comes to reforming them? These were the questions asked by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, IPES-Food, as it launched its first report.

The report, entitled The New Science of Sustainable Food Systems: Overcoming Barriers to Food Systems Reform, proposes a new analytical lens for food systems, and makes the case for reaching beyond the traditional bounds of the scientific community in conducting this analysis.

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Ongoing workstreams

Several reports are currently under preparation by the IPES-Food panel and due for publication in 2018:

  • Transitions to Agroecology: Documenting successful examples of transitions to sustainable food systems based on diversified agroecological farming - SPRING 2018  

In addition to producing evidence-based research, IPES-Food is involved in co-developing reform visions and convening collaborative 'food policy' processes in specific countries and regions: