Digitization

Digitization, big data and blockchain technologies are transforming all aspects of the food chain, from precision agriculture driven by satellite data and robot workers to the entry of Amazon, Alibaba and other logistics firms into food distribution and e-retail, to the bike-delivery services (Uber Eats, Deliveroo) that are transforming food retail.  Building on the 2017 report Too Big To Feed (2017), IPES-Food continues to explore the questions of how digitization and the gig economy can be harnessed for the benefits of broader society and the transition to sustainable food systems.

In its future work on digitization in food systems, IPES-Food will ask who is currently taking the biggest cut and reaping the benefits from these technologies, who faces the risks, and how could these developments be harnessed to benefit farmers, smaller actors and the shift towards healthier and more sustainable food systems.

Publications

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Too big to feed: Exploring the impacts of mega-mergers, consolidation and concentration of power in the agri-food sector

This report assesses the current state of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity across the food system, and identifies the risks arising from unprecedented consolidation at every node of the agri-food chain.  

Read the full report (EN)
Read the executive summary (EN)

October 2017

Open letter to the European Commission re. Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Open letter from IPES-Food to Commissioner Vestager concerning Bayer AG's acquisition of Monsanto  (case M.8084 notified to the Commission on 30 June 2017 under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings).

Read the letter (EN)

September 2018

Too Big To Feed - Short Report

prepared by ETC Group

The 'Too Big to Feed Short Report' was developed by ETC Group, in partnership with IPES-Food. It summarizes the full report Too Big to Feed, published by IPES-Food in October 2017. The full report includes additional data and a more detailed analysis on the impact of the consolidation of the agri-food sector. 

Read the shorter report (EN, ES)

Media

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May 2018

Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

Reuters | Thin Lei Win

May 2018

Campaigners fear Latin America is rolling back on eco-farming promises

Reuters

October 2017

Farmers squeezed as big agribusinesses get too big says expert group

Farm Online Australia | Andrew Marshall