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30 Sep
In IPES-Food's latest report, 'The Added Value(s) of #Agroecology', we focused on a series of obstacles that prevent the transition to agroecological #foodsystems.

🌱 One such obstacle is the *access to #seeds & #organic inputs*. Here's a quick thread on why this matters! 👇🏿

#Farmer seed systems - through which farmers select, multiply, conserve & exchange a wide range of reproducible varieties - are an essential component of #agroecology, which relies on diversity at all levels (including crop genetic diversity). 🌱🌿🌾

#DidYouKnow that these systems account for up to 90% of the seeds used in some African countries? And in #Mali, peasant seed systems make up 75% of the varieties grown in the country.

❗️ However, these systems are lacking in legal recognition and policy support ❗️

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28 Sep
🇺🇸 A national #food policy for the #UnitedStates:

Calls for a "National Food Policy" have been made for decades - with quite some resurgence in the past few years.

So, rooted in existing efforts & movement building, IPES-Food’s #US team is gearing up for more discussions.

We're collectively developing a process through which policy makers, the private sector, researchers, tribal nations and civil society might align their efforts to make a sustainable US food system a reality. The aim? ...

... Develop a shared understanding of US food & #agriculture policy landscape; build on organizational successes in bringing about #foodsystems change; identify opportunities to reform 2023 #FarmBill; & work towards #regenerative, #sustainable, & equitable food system.

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28 Sep
After access to finance, another big obstacle to agroecology is *ACCESS TO #LAND & #WATER* 🌳🚰

📰This month we published 'The Added Value(s) of #Agroecology: Unlocking the potential for transition in West #Africa'

🔎 The research shows why land & water are fundamental 👇🏿

Rapid #population growth, urban sprawl, and land grabbing have created unprecedented pressures on #land and #water resources in West #Africa. Moreover, land laws, often rooted in the colonial era, have generally failed to protect customary tenure and land use.

In fact, between 2000 & 2012, some 3 million hectares of land were subject to large-scale #land acquisitions across nine West African countries.

🔎In #Senegal alone, 650,000+ ha were granted to investors between 2007 & 2016 – equivalent to 16% of the country's arable land❗️

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24 Sep
"In the name of economic growth, we've sacrificed #ecosystems, and we've exhausted the women and men in the economy, by subjecting them to huge pressure from the #globalisation of competition and the deregulation of labour markets." - IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter @DeSchutterO
"We must think of a different kind of #development: one that does not see economic growth as a precondition for everything else," IPES-Food co-chair @DeSchutterO tells @thinink.
Olivier De Schutter, also @UN Special Rapporteur on extreme #poverty and human rights:

"After some (minor) progress, with absolute numbers of people suffering from #hunger going down from 925 million in the early 1990s to 820 million in 2018, the numbers are going up again."
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23 Sep
In our latest report, we look at some of the obstacles facing #agroecology in West #Africa and beyond 🌍

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But even if you haven't had a chance to read it, don't worry. We'll start giving you a #thread a day.

Obstacles #1?

Access to #finance 💵
Agroecological systems require little investment in external inputs and heavy machinery, as a result of drawing on natural synergies, maximizing #biodiversity, and using locally-available resources.
This makes #agroecology less costly than agro-industrial practices over the medium to long-term, and thus better suited to the economic realities of rural West #Africa
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15 Sep
🇺🇸 What about a U.S. #food policy? Is there even one to speak of right now? 🤷🏾‍♀️

Stay tuned during the coming weeks for more on a National Food Policy in the #UnitedStates.

... In the meantime, Molly Anderson and Ricardo Salvador give their take 👇🏾

The current U.S. food system is governed by a patchwork of uncoordinated policy frameworks and federal departments: #agriculture, #health, #environment, #energy, social security, #labor, #education.
So policies made at different levels of governance (e.g. municipal, state, tribal, federal) are often contradictory or disconnected from one another, leading to missed opportunities to support innovative local and regional #foodsystem initiatives already happening on the ground.
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7 Sep
NEW REPORT 📰 The Added Value(s) of #Agroecology: Unlocking the potential for transition in West Africa 🌱

🌍 West #Africa has all the ingredients to become a “global frontrunner in agroecology,” according to experts at IPES-Food. Discover why!

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The report underlines the vast challenges facing West African @FoodSystems today: temperatures rising 1.5 times faster than global averages; 70-80% of the population living on less than $2 a day; & #COVID19 threatening to plunge millions more into poverty and #foodinsecurity.
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22 Jul
#OPINION 📰 Reform of @CGIAR is long overdue. However, IPES-Food is concerned that the current reform process will fall short of the fundamental change that is required, and risks exacerbating major power imbalances in global agricultural #development. 👇

The process now underway to reform the @CGIAR is of major public interest. Since its inception at the height of the ‘Green Revolution’ in 1971, the #CGIAR has driven advances in crop breeding and agricultural mechanization and modernization across multiple continents.
The CGIAR's mission – to develop knowledge and innovation for #agriculture in the global South – is as relevant today as ever, in light of #climatechange, #COVID19 and a host of additional challenges.
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7 Jul
LISTEN 📻 “Diversity of production and markets is a buffer against vulnerability. Closures of local markets have been short-sighted and damaging to small-scale #farmers and people’s access to #food."🍎

@mleach_ids of IPES-Food & @davidnabarro of @WHO 👇

@ffinlocostain discusses #COVID19 & the crisis in our #foodsystems w/ @davidnabarro, Special Envoy of @WHO DG on Covid19, & Prof @mleach_ids CBE, a member of IPES-Food. Discussion includes #zoonotic spillover, #OneHealth & strengths & weaknesses in global #food system. 🌱🌿🌻
"Problems that we already knew were there have become extra visible through COVID-19. #Agroecology offers a way forward to solve these problems.” - Melissa Leach of @IPESfood and @IDS_UK 🌿
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11 Jun
🗞️ 'Industrial #agriculture receiving bulk of #Africa’s agricultural development funding'

💵 "Investments by Bill & Melinda @gatesfoundation, #Kenya and #Switzerland still reinforce status quo in agricultural research," write @Nipashetz #MoneyFlows

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"New data shows that only a fraction of agricultural research funding in #Africa is being used to transform #food and farming systems. Only 3% of @gatesfoundation projects in Africa support sustainable, regenerative approaches – or #agroecology," says #Tanzania's @Nipashetz
"The #MoneyFlows report looks at investments in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on #Switzerland, a major bilateral donor, the @gatesfoundation, the biggest philanthropic investor in agri-#development, and #Kenya, one of Africa’s leading recipients and implementers of '#AgR4D'." ImageImage
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10 Jun
NEW 📰 The #MoneyFlows report by Biovision, IPES-Food & IDS is out! We look at financial flows in #foodsystems & find out just what is holding back investment in agroecological research in #Africa! 🌱🌍

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@FutureForAll @IPESfood @IDS_UK 🌿#Agroecology Image
#MoneyFlows shines a light on some of the most contentious flows of all 💵 We look at investments by:

➡️ The Bill & Melinda @gatesfoundation
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➡️ #Kenya-n research institutes 🇰🇪
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➡️ #Switzerland 🇨🇭
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What is #agroecology & why are investments in agroecological #research so vital? 🌱🌾🌻

🔎 Check out the #MoneyFlows fact sheets & find out how @gatesfoundation & #Kenya investments lag well behind, while #Switzerland fares better.

👉 agroecology-pool.org/download/3275/

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2 Jun
#OPINION | “#Agroecology tied to SDGs and the #ParisAgreement? That’s a virtuous circle!” 🌱🌍

🗓️On 10 June we release the #MoneyFlows report on investments in agroecological research in #Africa.

But first we talked to @Afsafrica's @Million_Belay!

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"#Agroecology is transformative. It is different because it goes beyond resource efficiency and simply substituting the current system with alternative practices. Actually, agroecology includes #ecosystem, #community and global level transformation," says @Million_Belay.
"We need to emphasise #agroecology’s contribution to the #SDGs and also the #ParisAgreement. That way we can mainstream agroecology in policy, and in turn attract more investment in agroecological research."
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11 May
📽️ Olivier De Schutter spoke to @FRANCE24 on global supply chain disruption.

💬 Why are so many people on the brink in a world that produces more than enough to eat?

See '#COVID19: Global #food supply on a razor's edge' on the @DownToEarth programme 👇

.@DeSchutterO: "Our #food system as it is has been conceived & designed in order to be as efficient as possible. “Efficiency” - meaning uniformity, economies of scale and specialisation - was prioritised at the expense of #resilience."

"We need to re-shift our efforts from the search for efficiency to the search for resilience... #Resilience being the ability of a system to withstand a shock, whether it is climatic, sanitary or economic."

#COVID19 #food #supplychain on @DownToEarth

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13 Apr
NEW 📰 '#COVID19 and the Crisis in #Food Systems'

Communiqué by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable #FoodSystems 🌱

Symptoms & causes of the crisis? Why this perfect storm? What reforms do we need to protect people & planet? 🌍

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🚨 Press Release by IPES-Food:

'#COVID19 and the Crisis in #Food Systems'

➡️ ipes-food.org/pages/covid19

FR | Bientôt en français.
ES | Pronto en español.

@MattMcGrathBBC @thinink @RudyRuitenberg
@BBCHughPym @realfoodmedia @NickClarkAlJaz
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🔎 Why #foodsystems in crisis?
➡️ Industrial ag driving habitat loss > conditions for viruses to emerge & spread
➡️ Even before #COVID19, 820 million under-nourished & 2 billion w/ #foodinsecurity. Recession to hit them harder.
➡️ Global supply chains have big vulnerabilities.
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18 Mar
📰'The 2021 UN #Food Systems Summit Has Started on the Wrong Foot – But it Could Still Be Transformational'

👉 foodtank.com/news/2020/03/2…

Read more by IPES-Food Co-chairs Olivier De Schutter & Olivia Yambi, via our friends @foodtank! #FoodSystems @FAO ImageImageImage
For the 2021 @UN gathering on #foodsystems, three things must happen:

"1. Turn the 'Food Systems Summit' into an inclusive 'World Food Congress';
2. Use the process to re-center food systems governance on the @UN_CFS;
3. Put #agroecology & food sovereignty firmly on the table." Image
"In other words, we must press the reset button. The @FoodSystems Summit must choose democratic debate over back-room deals, substance over showcases, and systemic solutions over silver bullets."
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5 Mar
#Live in Brussels 🇪🇺 IPES-Food's Nick Jacobs is at the European Committee of the Regions (@EU_CoR) for an exchange of views on the impending #EUfarm2fork Strategy.

Nick will be joined by @GuidoMilana @rozathun & @SchilthuisGijs.

⌚️ We'll bring you updates from 15h30 CET 👍 Image
The @EU_CoR is exchanging views on #EUFarm2Fork Strategy. For our director Nick Jacobs, initial thinking on the #F2F has taken an "à la carte approach", failing to map out a real "paradigm shift".

#FarmToFork #CommonFoodPolicy

Some thoughts 👇
1. #EUFarm2Fork targets not enough. #Pesticide & AB reduction targets won't be effective w/o viable alternative products/production systems. 2. Techno-fixes (gene editing, feed additives, #data-driven ag) reinforce current system & entail trade-offs! 3. Support for #agroecology? Image
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18 Feb
IPES-Food advisor Francesco Ajena is live at a packed @EU_Commission stakeholder consultation on the #EUFarm2Fork Strategy.

#F2F #CAP #FutureofCAP #EUGreenDeal

Some important reflections at this crucial time 👇 Image
"#CAP provides the tools to make #FarmtoFork successful, but also might allow for its tools & budget to make the #F2F a failure. We need to identify the main gaps & possible inconsistencies b/w CAP and F2F. We must address them early instead of waiting for the next CAP reform."
"In the #EU we need a truly integrated food policy, not an à la carte set of proposals. Proposals need to be mutually reinforcing. With objectives including production systems, food environments, food chains, #trade and access to and protection of #land and natural resources."
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6 Feb
Live now in #Brussels, IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter (@DeSchutterO) joins the @EURACTIV panel debate on sustainable #food systems:

"Does the EU's #FarmToFork strategy have all the answers?"

For the latest from Olivier, follow us @IPESfood + #SustainableFoodEU #EUdebates 🇪🇺🌍 Image
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena Olivier De Schutter spoke to us earlier ahead of tonight's #SustainableFoodEU debate @EURACTIV.

On the EU's #FarmToFork strategy, it is clear that for one thing, we need to "gradually move towards a 'real costs' approach to prices". What does this mean? 👇
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena "You cannot hope for #consumers to shift diets - towards #plants-based diets, to buying fresh, local, seasonal foods & less processed foods - without ensuring we get the prices right... ensurin good practices are rewarded, and negative externalities penalised!" - @DeSchutterO
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19 Apr 19
Why does IPES-Food take a #FoodSystems approach? "The food systems lens brings to light reinforcing and balancing feedback loops, tensions between the different components and flows of food systems, and interactions that are cyclical, multilayered and multi-scale." Image
For example, the decision by a supermarket to stock corn-fed chicken would typically be explained in terms of price signals: expanding selling opportunities due to consumer demand for this product line downstream,
and relatively low commodity prices upstream. These elements...
cannot be neatly separated from one another when a whole web of interactions and feedback loops are considered: consumer demand is affected by price incentives, and consumers are not encouraged to think about the impacts of their choices as taxpayers...
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