21 September 2021
An ever-increasing number of voices from outside and inside the Summit, including governments, academia and the UN, share the view that the self-proclaimed “People’s Summit” is destined for failure.READ more
3 August 2021
UN Food Systems Pre-Summit falls short on climate, hunger crisis, COVID-19, and food systems transformation, say counter-mobilization participants, totalling almost 9,000 people.READ more
19 July 2021
Civil society and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations launch a global counter-mobilization against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit from 25 to 28 July 2021 in Rome and online.READ more
Social movements, Indigenous Peoples, and civil society organizations continue to fight against corporate capture of global food governance
Peoples' Autonomous Response to the UNFSS
11 May 2023
Social movements, Indigenous Peoples, and civil society organizations are standing firm in their opposition to the corporate capture of global food governance and multistakeholderism, as the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) advances its agenda. This opposition was previously demonstrated through successful counter-mobilization efforts in 2021, and will continue as the UNFSS prepares for the Stocktaking Moment conference in Rome from 24-26 July 2023.
Risks of the increased systemic corporate capture fuelled by the UN Food Systems Summit and its follow-up process
Peoples' Autonomous Response to the UNFSS
20 May 2022
This document has been drafted by the Liaison Group, anchored within the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSIPM) for relations with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), based on inputs from the global counter-mobilization process Autonomous People’s Response to the UN Food Systems Summit.
Who is governing our food systems? - Online Event
European regional stream of the Peoples' Autonomous Response to the UNFSS
08 February 2022
On February 9th, European members of the Peoples’ Autonomous Response to the UNFSS are organising a webinar to explore with Members of the EU Parliament and the Commission how global public food governance is being reconfigured and the main threats compromising its democratic foundations.
How Biotech Crops Can Crash—and Still Never Fail
Aniket Aga, Maywa Montenegro de Wit - Scientific American
27 December 2021
The United Nations Food Systems Summit held last September was eclipsed by a powerful countermobilization effort led by farmers and scientists, as well as civil society groups allied with Indigenous communities and small-scale food producers across the world. These are the very people critical to achieving the summit’s stated goals of ending hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture. The scientists and advocates accused summit organizers of compromising on food security, democratic accountability, sustainability, and the human rights of producers and workers in favor of transnational agribusinesses.
Decolonizing the GMO debate
Benjamin R. Cohen - The Counter
16 December 2021
I had the fortune to teach a food studies class last spring. It had been about a dozen years since I did so, occupied as I was teaching courses in technology and environmental studies more generally. The differences were stark. In the late 2000s, I built the class in the middle of the “Pollanated” era of reform and Food Inc., when readers still wondered about buying local and debated the new U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label. As with the broader local food movement of the era, The Omnivore’s Dilemma was the class’s centerpiece. It fit the time. It went well.
The Gates Foundation should fund better solutions to hunger and nutrient deficiencies
Million Belay, Heather Day, Steve Gloyd - Real Change News
24 November 2021
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $922 million investment to address global malnutrition and hunger at the controversial United Nations Food Systems Summit this September. We commend the foundation for investing in nutrition; unfortunately, its focus on food fortification, technical assistance and research into new “high-impact” innovations misses the mark on the root causes of hunger and malnutrition — and the needed solutions. .
The Reassurance of the Unknown: A Conversation with Nettie Wiebe
Barbara Van Dyck & Nettie Wiebe - Development Journal
10 November 2021
What knowledges and ways of knowing are considered valid in the context of global food governance? What is the relation between the prominence that is given to science and technology in the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit and the attempt to redefine food systems? What are the issues with the capturing and privatization of knowledge that people of the land have been passing over from generations to generations? These are some of the questions that are discussed in this thought-provoking conversation in which Nettie Wiebe shares her insights and experiences as a long-standing women peasant farm leader.
Bogus ‘Nature Based Solutions’ Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis
Kirtana Chandrasekaran - Novara Media
9 November 2021
‘Nature-based solutions’ to the climate crisis are the talk of the town at Cop26. This year’s Cop presidency has made nature one of its top priorities. High-profile speeches from the likes of UN secretary general António Guterres and veteran environmentalist David Attenborough have highlighted the huge potential of nature to help tackle climate collapse. Indeed, the first so-called pledge to come out of Cop26 from world leaders was to end deforestation. Clearly, it’s an intoxicating idea: after decades of inaction, nature can come to save us from climate breakdown. But the concept of nature-based solutions is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – and one that will likely lead to massive violations of Indigenous rights.
Let’s Reclaim Our Food Sovereignty and Reject the Industrial Food System!
Nora McKeon - Development Journal
8 November 2021
African food systems are a rich and varied tapestry of production systems, crops, seed, territorial markets, cultures, biodiversity and ecologies. As the UN Food Systems Summit worked to retrench the many pathologies that have systematically eroded African food systems, African civil society organizations mobilized to push back. In the African regional people’s countermobilization, participatory dialogues opened space for continent-wide articulations of a future built on peoples’ choices and control of natural resources, territorially-embedded solutions, the human rights of all, family farming, and peasant agroecology.
Resetting Power in Global Food Governance: The UN Food Systems Summit
Maywa Montenegro de Wit, Matt Canfield, Alastair Iles, Molly Anderson, Nora McKeon, Shalmali Guttal, Barbara Gemmill-Herren, Jessica Duncan, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg & Stefano Prato - Development Journal
3 November 2021
The October 2019 announcement by UN Secretary General António Guterres of a UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) acknowledged the dire conditions of the global food system. Today there is widespread consensus among a growing number of scientists, civil society organizations, and governments that the global food system cannot be sustained in its current configuration—economically, ecologically, or socially.
Civil society concerned about the post UN Food Systems Summit process
1 November 2021
The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has expressed “deep concerns about the implications of the UNFSS for the work and mandate of the CFS, and multilateralism more broadly” in a recent press release.
The Latin American and Caribbean Counter-Mobilization Against the UN Food Systems Summit: Magdalena Ackermann in Conversation with Saúl Vicente and Sofía Monsalve
Magdalena Ackermann, Saúl Vicente & Sofía Monsalve - Development Journal
27 October 2021
What is the diagnosis of the main problems of the Latin American and Caribbean region, including the corporate capture of food systems? How did the regional counter-mobilization against the UN Food Systems Summit arise? What were the positions of the Latin American governments and regional organizations on the Summit? What is the common vision for overcoming corporate food systems? These are some of the questions that are discussed in this thought-provoking conversation with Sofía Monsalve and Saúl Vicente, in which they share their insights and experiences on the challenges of the Latin American region and the outcomes of the regional counter-mobilization against the UN Food Systems Summit.
The problem with climate conferences: towards a more radical approach
27 October 2021
The transformation of our food system is necessary if the world is to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of zero hunger by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. According to the UN, food systems are responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while more than 8.9 percent of the world population are still hungry.
Refusal as Radical Care? Moving Beyond Modern Industrial Agriculture
Saurabh Arora & Barbara Van Dyck
27 October 2021
In this contribution we approach the refusal of modern industrial agriculture, as an act of radical care. We begin by recognizing the unprecedented crises of biodiversity losses and climate disruptions, amidst widespread inequality in a global pandemic, which are linked with modern agricultural development. This development is underpinned by the objectification of ‘nature’ that is designed into strategies and technologies of extraction and control like chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hybrid seeds, genetic engineering and digitalization. Refusal of strategies and technologies of modern objectification, we argue, is an act of radical care that is geared towards nurturing alternatives grounded in the Earth’s pluriverse.
Re-imagining the UN Committee on World Food Security
Shalmali Guttal - Development journal
22 October 2021
This article argues that the United Nations Committee on World Food Security can and must serve as a space for catalyzing and strengthening public interest-oriented food systems governance grounded in the human rights framework. This would necessarily entail confronting the fragmentation of governance and erasure of accountability promoted by corporate designed multi-stakeholderism, and democratizing multilateralism through genuine participation of rights holders, public scrutiny and participatory science. Pivotal to this endeavor is arresting the growing corporate influence in governance mechanisms and reorienting them towards reinvigorating relationships among people, communities and governments.
hock and Awe in the UNFSS
Philip McMichael - Development journal
22 October 2021
The unholy alliance between the UN and the World Economic Forum in staging a Food Systems Summit is the culmination of deepening public partnerships with the corporate food sector on an international scale. This article examines how the WEF has exploited this relationship to position its private constituency to oversee global food market governance at the expense of multilateral principles, and against China’s expanding state-centered model of international self-reliance.
Disparity to Parity to Solidarity: Balancing the Scales of International Agricultural Policy for Justice and Viability
Garrett Graddy-Lovelace & Patti Naylor - Development journal
22 October 2021
Resetting international agricultural governance requires a collective commitment to changing the economic rules of production. This article reports on the challenging questions raised by the Disparity to Parity project, led by a group of farmer-activists, farmer organizations, and scholar-activists in the US. How can parity policies be updated, expanded, redesigned with and for Black, Indigenous, immigrant, cooperative, female and gender diverse farmers and would-be farmers? How does the parity movement join in global solidarity to reset the international agricultural economic and trade rules to reverse the globalization of agriculture that dumps surplus and undermines food sovereignty?
Towards Building Comprehensive Legal Frameworks for Corporate Accountability in Food Governance
Daniel Dorado, Sofía Monsalve, Ashka Naik & Ana María Suárez - Development journal
22 October 2021
Given the failures of the UN Food Systems Summit and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to tackle the problems related to the corporate capture of food governance, this article calls for developing comprehensive legal frameworks for corporate accountability in food governance. In doing so, the authors identify key regulatory elements that need to be taken into account in food governance discussions. Their recommendations are borrowed from the guidance developed in the context of the negotiations for an International Legally Binding Instrument on TNCs and other Businesses with Respect to Human Rights, as well as in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the WHO Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors, and the WHO Financial Regulations and Financial Rules.