First thematic report from IPES-Food: '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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Read the key messages, also available in French and Spanish.

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 late 2016 and early 2017:

  • Thematic Report 2: Health Externalities in Food Systems - ESTIMATED MARCH 2017
  • Thematic Report 3: Concentration, Competition and Bargaining Power in Food Systems: This report will assess the state of concentration in agrifood systems, with respect to recent corporate mergers, and the implications for innovation and for building sustainable food systems - ESTIMATED  DECEMBER 2016
  • Case Studies 1: Transitions to Agroecology: Documenting successful examples of transitions to sustainable food systems based on diversified agroecological farming - ESTIMATED MARCH 2017
  • IPES-Food Policy Report: The role of cities in building sustainable food systems - ESTIMATED JANUARY 2017  

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:

  • 'Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU' - a three year process of research & reflection - 2016-2018
  • IPES-Food is now undertaking work to promote agroecological alternatives in Africa - MORE TO FOLLOW