10 Years of the Right To Adequate Food Guidelines

Title 10 Years of the Right To Adequate Food Guidelines
Contributor FIAN International
Content 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?

Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/news/right_to_food.15/

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Agroecological research: Conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime?

Title Agroecological research: Conforming – or transforming the dominant agro-food regime?
Contributor Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Content 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.

 

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 38(10)

Author/s Gaetan Vanloqueren, Les Levidow, Michel Pimbert
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/AgroecologicalResearch-Conforming-Transforming-DominantAgroFoodRegime.pdf

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Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Title Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences
Contributor ActionAid
Author
Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

  • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
  • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
  • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
  • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2014
Language English
Asia AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Africa MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
South America BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

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The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. A coup for corporate capital?

Title The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. A coup for corporate capital?
Contributor Terra Nuova, TNI
Content 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.
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/the_new_alliance.pdf

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With Climate Chaos, Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain or the Peasant Food Web?

Title With Climate Chaos, Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain or the Peasant Food Web?
Contributor ETC Group
Content 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:

• For online reading: Download (2.53 MB)
• For printing (booklet): Download (3.29 MB)

En español tambien, et en français!

Year Published 2014
Language English, French, Spanish
Link http://www.etcgroup.org/content/who-will-feed-us-0

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Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Title Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland
Contributor GRAIN
Content 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.

 

Read the joint media release of Grain and La Via Campesina

Read more about the Report

Year Published 2014
Language English
Link https://ag-transition.org/?p=3450

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Reclaiming Agricultural Investment

Title Reclaiming Agricultural Investment
Contributor TNI
Content 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.

Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/pby95o7

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Policy Shift. Investing in Agricultural Aletrnatives

Title Policy Shift. Investing in Agricultural Aletrnatives
Contributor TNI
Content 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.
Author/s Sylvia Key
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/policy_shift.pdf

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Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change

Title Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change
Contributor Rodale Institute
Content 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.
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/mxxju8j

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Mainstreaming Agroecology: Implications for Global Food and Farming Systems

Title Mainstreaming Agroecology: Implications for Global Food and Farming Systems
Contributor The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security, UK
Content 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.
Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/mrtvtxa

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