On World Food Day, 15 October 2020, IFOAM - Organics International is celebrating policies that are upscaling agroecology and promoting the transformation of our food systems towards greater fairness, stronger social justice and sounder environmental sustainability.
In the face of the current global challenges the planet is experiencing, more and more governments are exploring approaches that can substantially contribute to the transformations of our food systems and societies in general. This transformation is urgently needed, made even more pressing by the current health and economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic. Currently, there are good but rather scattered examples of governments that have been developing conducive and innovative policy instruments in line with the four principles of organic agriculture.
To connect these efforts, IFOAM – Organics International, Biovision Foundation and the Millennium Institute are creating a platform - the Food Policy Forum for Change – to increase learning between policymakers, as well as enriching the discussion on the role and instruments for country-level action to deliver food security and nutrition.
The Food Policy Forum for Change was officially launched on the 13th of October during a virtual event organised in the context of the High-Level Virtual Special Event on Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition (13 - 15 October 2020). This virtual gathering is organised by the Committee on Food Security in lieu of CFS 47, which has been rescheduled to 8 - 12 February 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During our session - Connecting Agroecological and Integrated Policies in Time of Crisis - we showcased good policy practices, illustrating the key role of policymakers as agents of change when it comes to the long-term and resilient transformation of food and agricultural systems.
A rich panel of speakers populated our virtual session:
- Dr. Maria Tekülve, Senior Policy Officer, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
- Pio Wennubst, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Rome Based Agencies
- Dr.Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to the Rome Based Agencies
- Dr. Vijay Kumar, Head of Department of Natural Farming, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Emma Siliprandi, Lead Focal Point for the Scaling up Agroecology Initiative in FAO
- Aline Boy, Deputy Head of Agroecology Project, French Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director, IFOAM – Organics International
Join an interactive network of policy makers interested in making our food systems sustainable in the face of current global challenges. Register here: https://bit.ly/signup-peer2peer
More information about the Food Policy Forum for Change can be found here: https://www.agroecology-pool.org/policy-forum/
This initiative is led by Biovision Foundation, IFOAM – Organics International, the Millennium Institute, with the technical support of FAO (Scaling up Agroecology) and financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the leading team at firstname.lastname@example.org