Below are links to some reports on food, agriculture and related issues which are useful in the context of agricultural transition. If you know about other reports which you think should be on the list, please use the Submit Report Form or email us at email@example.com .
Abstract From 1-4 December, 2015 Youth in Landscape Initiative workshop at Global Landscape Forum (GLF) in Paris was organized to guide 50 young innovators together to solve rights and tenure, finance and trade, restoration, measuring success, and education challenges. I was one of the 10 young innovators who worked on the Education Theme Landscape Challenge. Contributor Dinesh Panday/YPARD Year Published 2016 Link http://www.ypard.net/2016-march-29/fostering-young-professionals-think-landscapes
Abstract The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international tool that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women, youth, and civil society to assert their rights. This People’s Manual is a didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand and use the Guidelines at the best. It is the result of collective and participatory work undertaken by the Land and Territory Working Group of the IPC (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty) Contributor International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty Year Published 2016 Link http://www.foodsovereignty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/peoplesmanual.pdf
Abstract The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016—“Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands”— explores the articulation of seeds, land and other natural resources with the human right to adequate food and nutrition. It assesses the role played by access to and control over natural resources in the realization of the right to food and nutrition across the world. Over the last few decades, the privatization and commoditization of nature has resulted in a multiplication of local struggles using human rights against the appropriation of agricultural biodiversity, land and water resources by corporations and states. How are peasant movements, indigenous peoples, and other local communities resisting—and what are the alternatives they present? Contributor Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium Year Published 2016 Link http://tinyurl.com/hvqv5zr
Abstract ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ is the title of policy recommendations negotiated on 8- 9 June 2016 in the Committee on World Food Security, the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform deliberating on is- sues of food security and nutrition.
This analytical guide examines how small- scale food producers’ organisations and allied civil society can use the recommendations in their national and international advocacy and how they can work together with their governments to apply them in the context of national and regional policies and programmes.
More info on the work of CSM on this issue here
Contributor International food & nutrition civil society mechanism – CSM Year Published 2016 Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONNECTING-SMALLHOLDERS-TO-MARKET.compressed.pdf
Abstract Agroecology is an agricultural method based on the traditional knowledge of those who cultivate the land and a way of life. We believe its practice is critical to addressing global hunger and increasing communities’ access to basic resources such as land, water and seeds. The publication is not a technical guide to agroecology, rather it shares the knowledge and perspectives of 10 social movement leaders that are working to “scale up” agroecology around the world. It also highlights the social, political, cultural, nutritional and spiritual meanings of agroecology from within communities that have been negatively impacted by the commodification of food. Contributor Why Hunger Year Published 2015 Link http://whyhunger.org/uploads/fileAssets/6ca854_4622aa.pdf
REPORT | Fostering Economic Resilience. The Financial Benefits of Ecological Farming in Kenya and Malawi
Abstract The evidence in this report suggests that it is more profitable for small-scale farmers in Africa to practise ecological farming that uses no chemical pesticides or fertilisers than it is to use chemicals. Presenting the results of new fieldwork in Malawi and Kenya, this report shows that farmers practising agroforestry (involving the use of natural ‘fertiliser trees’
instead of chemical fertilisers) and ‘Push-Pull’ technology, which eliminates the need for chemical pesticides) achieve higher incomes and yields than those practising chemical-intensive agriculture.
Contributor Greenpeace Africa Year Published 2015 Link http://tinyurl.com/o76tqyh Abstract Overcoming barriers to food systems reform.
Despite the mobilization of the political and scientific communities around various food systems issues, the task remains incomplete. There has been a tendency to address the problems as individual pieces of the puzzle, and to overlook the power relations that play a major role in shaping these systems. And crucially, the knowledge of those affected by food systems problems has not been fully harnessed in framing the problems and diagnosing the solutions.
The challenge, therefore, is to produce a joined-up picture of food systems and their political economy, and to do so in ways that reach across the scientific disciplines, and reach beyond the traditional bounds of the scientific community.
About the author of the Report: IPES-Food is a new independent panel for food systems reform, co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and ex-UNICEF nutrition expert Olivia Yambi. It features 18 top experts from various fields connected to food systems. This is its first report
Contributor IPES-Food Year Published 2015 Link http://www.ipes-food.org/images/Reports/IPES_report01_1505_web_br_pages.pdf
Abstract Norfund, the UK aid department, and Capricorn are funding the British company Agrica’s industrial rice plantation in Mngeta, Tanzania, which is destroying the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, driving them into debt and impacting the local environment, according to new research by The Oakland Institute released in collaboration with Greenpeace Africa and Global Justice Now.
Agrica’s rice plantation in Tanzania has been used as a showcase project of the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania.
The report, Irresponsible Investment – Agrica’s Broken Development Model in Tanzania, documents a catalogue of devastating impacts on local communities.
Contributor Global Justice Now, Greenpeace Africa, The Oakland Institute Year Published 2015 Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/OI_Report_Irresponsible_Investment.pdf
Abstract We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace’s Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven overarching, interdependent principles – based on a growing body of scientific evidence. Contributor Greenpeace Year Published 2015 Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Agriculture/Food-and-Farming-Vision/
Abstract Extract: The only sure approach to reducing our exposure to toxic pesticides is through a move towards a more long-term and sustainable approach to producing food. This will require legally-binding agreements to immediately phase-out all pesticides that are toxic to non-target organisms implemented at both national and international level.
Fundamentally changing our approach to farming involves a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture, which relies heavily on chemical additives, towards the full implementation of ecological farming as the only means of feeding the population and protecting the ecosystems we live in. Ecological farming is a modern and effective approach to farming that does not rely on toxic chemicals, and delivers healthy and safe food.
Contributor Greenpeace Year Published 2015 Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/agriculture/2015/Pesticides-and-our-Health.pdf
Abstract What exactly is the climate change crisis ? How does it affect us ? Are we causing it ? How ? How is it going to affecting our land, water, food and lifestyle ? Can we anything about it ? How ? Why is the practice of agroecology so important in addition to clean energy ?
Should we wait for global agreements on mitigating climate change or act locally, intelligently and consistentl ? Small and marginal farmers must adapt their practices to deal with changing temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events. These adaptations must first and foremost build resilience within the agroecosystem, increasing its ability to continue functioning when faced with unexpected events. How can this be made possible ?
“Climate Change and the Agriculture Crisis – Agroecology as a Solution” throws light on these pressing issues. It is an important addition to our work on small-holder agroecology series of publications. Read the book to understand how agroecology farms hold immense mitigation and adaptation potential and therefore are better suited to deal with the climate crisis.
Contributor Focus on the Global South Year Published 2015 Link http://focusweb.org/content/climate-change-and-agriculture-crisis-agroecology-solution
Abstract “We are pleased to present the report of the International Forum on Agroecology, held at the Nyéléni Center in Sélingué, Mali from 24th to the 27th of February, 2015. This represents the ﬁrst joint vision of Agroecology from the shared viewpoints of all kinds of small-scale food producing peoples, seen from the perspectives of our social movements. This is the ﬁrst common statement across constituencies, of the pillars and principles of Agroecology. We have endeavored to interpret, understand and share what Agroecology means from the diverse viewpoints of peasants, small-scale farmers, the landless, rural workers, indigenous peoples, hunter-gatherers, artisanal ﬁsherfolk, pastoralists and nomadic peoples, urban communities, consumers and others.”
The report was presented in Rome, 13 October 2015, during a side event on the occasion of the session 42 of the Committee for World Food Security and is now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at www.foodsovereignty.org
Contributor International Forum for Agroecology Year Published 2015 Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NYELENI-2015-ENGLISH-FINAL-WEB.pdf
Abstract The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has adopted a set of 10 principles to guide the transition to sustainable food systems. The 10 principles include 5 principles to shape the sustainable food systems of the future, and 5 principles for the types of knowledge and analysis that are required to support this transition.
To know more about the IPES Food, visit www.ipes-food.org
Contributor IPES-Food Year Published 2015 Link http://www.ipes-food.org/images/CoreDocs/IPES-Food_10_principles.pdf Abstract Our Solutions to the COP21 – New Notebook La Via Campesina – La Via Campesina is pleased to present study booklet number 7: “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”, which is the result of the collective efforts of various organizations from diverse regions including Africa, America, Europe and Asia. These groups make up part of our worldwide movement. From their distinct territories they shaped their experiences in agroecology training, organizing, production and marketing of healthy foods into 10 articles. This set of experiences represents a dynamic range of practices and knowledge, both for training within our movement and as a mechanism for additional knowledge exchange and rural-city dialogue.
This book also seeks to provide visibility of advocacy for Food Sovereignty which creates space for reflection, with examples from academic institutions, political allies and friends. We propose Peasant Agroecology as a way of production for rural communities, where Food Sovereignty constitutes a principle of life.
Contributor La Via Campesina Year Published 2015 Link http://bit.ly/peasantagroecology
Abstract The paper is a product of a broad civil society consultation process, facilitated by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition.
The paper was intended to be presented at the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security.In 2004, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) adopted the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.
Initiated by civil society, negotiated in a collaborative process, and unanimously adopted by all FAO member states, the RtAF Guidelines represented hope for a greater consensus on what was needed to make the human right to adequate food and nutrition a reality for people on the ground.
But what happened in the last ten years?
Contributor FIAN International Year Published 2014 Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/news/right_to_food.15/ Abstract ABSTRACT
Agroecology has three practical forms—a scientific discipline, an agricultural practice, and a social movement. Their integration has provided a collective-action mode for contesting the dominant agro-food regime and creating alternatives, especially through a linkage with food sovereignty. At the same time, agroecology has been recently adopted by some actors who also promote conventional agriculture. Agroecology can play different roles—either conforming to the dominant regime, or else helping to transform it—contingent on specific empowerment strategies. Tensions between “conform versus transform” roles can be identified in European agroecological research, especially in three areas: farm-level agroecosystems development; participatory plant breeding; and short food-supply chains remunerating agroecological methods. To play a transformative role, collaborative strategies need to go beyond the linear stereotype whereby scientists “transfer” technology or farmers “apply” scientific research results. To the extent that farmer–scientist alliances co-create and exchange knowledge, such gains can transform the research system.
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Contributor Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Year Published 2014 Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AgroecologicalResearch-Conforming-Transforming-DominantAgroFoodRegime.pdf Abstract It is commonly heard today that small farmers produce most of the world’s food. But how many of us realise that they are doing this with less than a quarter of the world’s farmland, and that even this meagre share is shrinking fast? If small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.
GRAIN took an in depth look at the data to see what is going on and the message is crystal clear. We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems.
Contributor GRAIN Year Published 2014 Link http://ag-transition.org/?p=3450 Abstract The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (UK) has just released a Discussion Paper on the principles and practices of agroecology and how mainstreaming them can potentially meet the challenges facing agriculture and food production. The Papers calls for a wider use of agroecological approaches in the arenas of research, policy, knowledge management, agricultural extension and concludes with an agenda for action. Contributor The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security, UK Year Published 2014 Link http://tinyurl.com/mrtvtxa Abstract Policy Shift identifies ten key policy changes that are required to support just alternative agriculture investments. The approach integrates human rights into the core of decision-making and is informed by practical, on-the-ground examples of positive agricultural investments that benefit both small-scale farmers and communities. Contributor TNI Year Published 2014 Link http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/policy_shift.pdf Abstract Towards Public-Peasant Investment Synergies
This report argues that there is a need to ‘reboot’ the debate on agricultural investment, away from the narrow corporate centric perspective, towards maximising synergies between public investments and the investments made by small- scale food producers.
Contributor TNI Year Published 2014 Link http://tinyurl.com/pby95o7 Abstract The white paper, Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming, is issued by Rodale Institute, an independent nonprofit agricultural research institute based in the U.S.
It focuses on the regenerative organic agriculture’s role in reversing both climate issues and food insecurity. Soil ability to revers climate change is only working when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The Rodale Institute calls for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology.
Contributor Rodale Institute Year Published 2014 Link http://tinyurl.com/mxxju8j Abstract A very useful discussion paper to contribute to ongoing debates on agroecological approaches and their centrality for achieving truly more sustainable agricultural and food systems; to provide key evidence and arguments for supporting advocacy work of CSOs calling for the scaling-up of agroecological approaches in various social and political arenas at national and/or international levels. Contributor Oxfam Solidarité Year Published 2014 Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/201401-Scaling-up-agroecology-what-why-and-how-OxfamSol-FINAL.pdf Abstract This report explores the ways in which global corporations are influencing development agendas in Africa, and the faulty rhetoric that underpins their vision of development. Small farmers produce 80% of the food consumed in Africa today, and farmers’ own investments make up 90% of all investment in agriculture globally.
Yet, when it comes to the design of large-scale aid and development programs, corporate capital is increasingly in the driver’s seat, shaping policies that support international investors while endangering and impoverishing small-scale farmers.
Contributor Terra Nuova, TNI Year Published 2014 Link http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/the_new_alliance.pdf Abstract This short report compares the industrial food system with peasant farming. Industrial farming gets all the attention (and most of the land). It accounts for more than 80% of the fossil fuel emissions and uses over 70% of the water supply used in agriculture, but it actually produces only about 30% of the world’s food.
In this succinct, illustrated booklet, you’ll find the answers to these questions…
• Who produces more food per hectare?
• Who will conserve our aquatic harvest?
• Who will protect our forest foods?
• Who can reduce agriculture’s GHG emissions?
…and many more.
Download the PDF in two formats:
Contributor ETC Group Year Published 2014 Link http://www.etcgroup.org/content/who-will-feed-us-0
Abstract In this working paper by Jose Luis Vivero*, the very nature of food as a pure private good is contested and subsequently reversed in order to provide a sound foundation for the transition towards sustainable food systems.The proposal is a re-conceptualisation of food as a common good, a necessary narrative for the redesign of the dominating agro-industrial food system that merely sees food as a tradable commodity. This aspirational transition shall lead us to a more sustainable, fairer and farmer-centred food system.
The idea of the commons is applied to food, deconstructing food as a pure private good and reconstructing it as an impure commons that can be better produced and distributed by a hybrid tri-centric governance system compounded by market rules, public regulations and collective actions.
* PhD research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain,
Contributor Universite Catholique de Louvain Year Published 2013 Link http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2255447 Abstract A report from the europeAfrica campaign showing how family farming is the basis for modern food provision in Africa.
Click here for the French version of the report.
Contributor europeAfrica campaign Year Published 2013 Link http://tinyurl.com/lncobgl Abstract The last decade has seen global crises in finance, energy and the economy. But only the prolonged food crisis resulted in riots, reminding us of the historic link between the struggles for food and economic justice. This book, written by Antonio Onorati and Luca Colombo, focuses on the root causes and power games behind the global food crisis and what this means for reforming the global food system. Contributor Centro Internazionale Crocevia, FIRAB, IIED Year Published 2013 Link http://www.firab.it/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/foodrights_aw.pdf Abstract Ce livre présente une synthèse de l’expérience paysanne cubaine et les conclusions du travail de systématisation de ce mouvement avant-gardiste, que les organisations paysannes du monde entier peuvent s’approprier et utiliser. Contributor ANAP, La Via Campesina Year Published 2013 Link http://viacampesina.org/downloads/pdf/fr/Revolution-agroecologique.pdf Abstract This new volume published by FAO tries inspiration from the Conference on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture in the African Development Agenda held in Lusaka, Zambia in May 2012. It expands on selected research shared during the event and demonstrates that organic management can benefit people, the economy and ecosystems, particularly in Africa. Contributor FAO Year Published 2013 Link http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3294e/i3294e.pdf Abstract The Report identifies a number of policies that generate hunger and malnutrition instead of reducing them. In response, articles in the report urge that such policies and the actors who implement them, respect and incorporate the human right to adequate food when redesigning detrimental policies Contributor Right To Food and Nutrition Watch Year Published 2013 Link http://www.fian.org/fileadmin/media/publications/Watch_2013_eng_WEB_final.pdf Abstract For those who see agroecological approaches as necessary for achieving the food, health, and environmental targets of post 2015 agenda, agroecology is not only central to maintaining ecosystem integrity, but also to realizing food sovereigntyof those involved in food production and consumption.
IATP’s new report, Scaling up Agroecology: Toward the Realization of the Right to Food, begins from five principles of agroecology, presents examples of practices that could be used to implement that approach. We also developed a set of ecological as well as socioeconomic indicators of success, and mutually supportive national and international policies that would be needed for that approach to flourish. See more here.
Contributor IATP Year Published 2013 Link http://www.iatp.org/files/2013_11_07_ScalingUpAgroecology_SV.pdf Abstract The report Wake up before it is too late. Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate has been just released from UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Among the key messages, this report clearly states the need for a shift from conventional, monoculture based agriculture towards ecological food production systems. Contributor UNCTAD Year Published 2013 Link http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf
Abstract Viable forms of farming exist and evolve in different parts of the world and many transitions are being successful. Twelve steps are proposed, together with their supportive policies to accompany and trigger transitions towards forms of crafting the living world in the rural and the urban that are more adapted to the third millennium. Contributor The More and Better Network Year Published Link http://ag-transition.org/?p=1868 Abstract This paper seeks to address fundamental questions about the agriculture sector in Southeast Asia and China and to begin to sketch what a way forward – a way towards the “green economy” – may look like. Contributor ActionAid Year Published Link http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/asia_at_the_crossroads_full_report_2012.pdf Abstract The purpose of the report is to look beyond the proclamations and communiqués to assess what has really changed since the food price crisis erupted. Contributor Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) Year Published Link http://iatp.org/files/2012_01_17_ResolvingFoodCrisis_SM_TW.pdf Abstract This Discussion Paper sets out a visual framework for sustainable development – shaped like a doughnut – by combining the concept of planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries. Contributor Oxfam Year Published Link http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/dp-a-safe-and-just-space-for-humanity-130212-en.pdf
What Works for Women. Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security
Abstract What changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security? The report tries to answer. Contributor ActionAid Year Published Link http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/what_works_for_women_-_final.pdf Abstract The benefits of humane, sustainable livestock production are core to advancing the Rio+20 discussions on the future of food and farming. The rearing and use of animals has a major impact on the environment, society and the global economy; ensuring their welfare is an effective tool to help achieve a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development. Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals Year Published Link http://www.wspa.de/Images/Policy%20doc%20-%20Why%20livestock-Final-sm_tcm29-21763.pdf
The report give an overview with key facts of both unsustainable and sustainable agriculture, and gives recommendations for how to transform into a viable food future. Part I is in English, Spanish and French. Part II which goes in depth into some issues, is only in English.
Contributor The Development Fund Norway (in cooperation with other organizations) Year Published Link http://www.utviklingsfondet.no/publikasjoner/rapporter/ Abstract Background paper by Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food. Contributor Food First Year Published Link http://tinyurl.com/6ssguw2
Assuring food security in developing countries under the challenges of climate change: key trade and development issues of a fundamental transformation of agriculture
Abstract What is required is a rapid and significant shift from conventional, industrial, monoculture-based and high-external-input dependent production towards mosaics of sustainable production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers. Contributor Ulrich Hoffmann – UNCTAD Year Published Link http://unctad.org/en/Docs/osgdp20111_en.pdf Abstract This report is intended for: Policy makers and a wide range of professionals and researchers whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system: including governance at all scales, food production and processing, the supply chain, and also consumer attitudes and demand. Contributor The Government Office for Science London Year Published Link http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/foresight/docs/food-and-farming/11-546-future-of-food-and-farming-report.pdf Abstract The study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them. Contributor Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Year Published Link http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/mb060e/mb060e00.pdf Abstract The report looks into the age of crisis; a skewed and failing system. Based on challenges it looks into the new prosperity and how to grow a better future and a new agricultural future. It also looks at the myths of smallholders, and put forward proposals for a new agricultural investment agenda. Contributor Oxfam Year Published Link http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/reports/growing-better-future
Synthesis Report: The 1st Pan-Africa Non-State Actors (NSA) Policy Dialogue Meeting on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP): Working Together to Tackle the Challenges of African Agriculture – Role of NSAs
Abstract The report is the result af a dialogue among various stakeholders to deepen the commitment and alignment of national agricultural policies and investment plans to key CAADP targets and principles. Contributor ACORD, ActionAid, Oxfam Year Published Link http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/synthesis_report_-_pan-africa_policy_dialogue_meeting.pdf Abstract Towards a Green Economy is among UNEP’s key
contributions to the Rio+20 process and the overall goal of addressing poverty and delivering a sustainable 21st century.
Contributor UNEP Year Published Link http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/GreenEconomyReport/tabid/29846/Default.aspx Abstract Against a background of increasing food insecurity, agriculture in developing countries must undergo a significant transformation in order to increase production and respond to climate change. The report tells about why, what kind of changes and policies which are needed. Contributor Oxfam Year Published Link http://www.oxfamnovib.nl/Redactie/Downloads/Rapporten/who-will-feed-the-world-rr-260411-en.pdf Abstract Against a backdrop of a rising global population and unceasing pressure on the natural environment,
the 2011 edition of the World Economic and Social Survey try to give guidance to achieve a much-needed technological transformation to a greener, cleaner global economy.
Contributor The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, UN DESA Year Published Link http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wess/wess_current/2011wess.pdf
Abstract The report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food. Contributor Olivier De Schutter, Report submitted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Year Published Link http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20110308_a-hrc-16-49_agroecology_en.pdf Abstract The report explores how farming can be more drought-resistant and more resilient to extreme events. Contributor Greenpeace Year Published Link http://tinyurl.com/6weeq2o
Feeding Nine Billion in a Low Emissions Economy: Challenging, but Possible A Review of the Literature for the Overseas Development Institute
Abstract What would agriculture that mitigated climate change, and still fed nine billion in 2005, look
like? What options are there for modifying existing farming systems and developing novel ones? These are the questions this short review of the literature addresses.
Contributor Oxfam And The Overseas Development Institute Year Published Link http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/docs/6389.pdf Abstract This report shows that recent budget increases in agriculture stop well short of what is needed to reverse the growing crisis of poverty, environmental degradation and hunger. Contributor ActionAid Year Published Link http://www.actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/fertile_ground.pdf Abstract This UK Food Group Briefing shows why it is necessary to make the radical shift towards ecological food provision in order to secure future food for the world’s predicted 9 billion people. Contributor UK Food Group Year Published Link http://www.ukfg.org.uk/pdfs/Securing_future_food.pdf Abstract La Vía Campesina believe that agroecological food production by small farmers is the agricultural model best suited to meeting future food needs. Peasant-based sustainable farming systems based on agroecology and Food Sovereignty offer much hope. Contributor La Via Campesina Year Published Link http://viacampesina.org/downloads/pdf/en/paper6-EN-FINAL.pdf
Agriculture at a crossroads. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
Abstract The most comprehensive report published on agriculture:
– Global Report
– Synthesis report
– Executive summary of the synthesis report
– Global summary for decision makers
– Subglobal reports
Contributor Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Environmental Facility, The World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, WHO Year Published Link http://www.iaastd.net/ Abstract The paper defines ecological farming. Contributor Greenpeace Year Published Link http://tinyurl.com/d3png7n Abstract This working document has been drafted by a committee of people from social movements that also integrated input from a broad range of organisations and individuals. About 300 organizations have signed on to the main recommendation in the document. Contributor The drafting committee of the document (see list on the webpage) Year Published Link http://www.eradicatehunger.org Abstract This report discusses the need for a sustainable intensification’ of global agriculture in which yields are increased without adverse environmental impact and without the cultivation of more land. Contributor The Royal Society Year Published Link http://tinyurl.com/cg738yv Abstract Sustainable, smallholder agriculture represents the best option for resolving the fourfold food-finance-fuel and climate crises. Contributor ActionAid & FoodFirst Year Published Link http://www.foodfirst.org/sites/www.foodfirst.org/files/pdf/Solutions5.pdf Abstract Towards Food Sovereignty is an online book with linked video and audio files. The first three chapters, available here, begin to describe the ecological basis of food and agriculture, the social and environmental costs of modern food systems, and the policy reversals needed to democratize food systems. Contributor International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Year Published Link http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/G02268.pdf Abstract Contributor ETC Group Year Published Link http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/publication/pdf_file/ETC_Who_Will_Feed_Us.pdf