A guest post from Academics following the UN Food Systems Summit. Read more online here.

Open letter to policy makers: No new science-policy interface for food systems

La versión en español está aquí.
La version en français est ici.

Science-policy interfaces consist of groups of experts who present the latest scientific thinking to governments to support them in making informed policies. They play a crucial role in responding to the challenges of governance around complex issues like food system sustainability, for which the science is often disputed, multidisciplinary, and evolving. Ideally, SPIs recognize that ‘evidence’ comes in multiple forms, rooted in multiple knowledge systems, and that providing scientific advice to governments takes place within an ecosystem of actors with uneven power and legitimacy to have their knowledge brought to shape governance.

The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was reformed in 2009 to become the ‘foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.’ It is embedded within the United Nations’ normative framework of human rights and has facilitated multilateral policy negotiations on a wide range of critical food system issues. The CFS is, hence, the most legitimate body to establish a global SPI on food systems, and it  already has its own SPI: the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE).

Designed to provide state-of-the-art, independent, scientific expertise as the basis for negotiations within CFS, the HLPE has a clear mandate to serve as a global food SPI. To generate its reports and issue briefs, the HLPE gathers evidence from existing high-quality research, data, and technical studies. It works through an iterative science-policy process, including open consultations that enable input from civil society, Indigenous communities, academics, and the private sector. This process is overseen by a multi-sector, transparently selected international Steering Committee which has, since 2011, produced 15 science-based studies of key food system issues, ranging from food waste to sustainable forestry to agroecology and other innovative approaches to food security and nutrition. By being grounded in the CFS, the HLPE is also accountable to member states and civil society groups represented in that body.

By contrast, proposals for a new SPI seem to lack clear accountability mechanisms and other important features for legitimate and effective science-policy work, all of which have been adopted by the HLPE: openness to a wide range of different knowledge systems, public consultation, and ability to treat controversies from a range of different perspectives. With its one-dimensional focus on modern science as the gatekeeper of ‘truth,’ the new SPI is in fact designed to exclude many of the knowledges (e.g., Indigenous, experiential, farmers’, tacit, feminine) that are now needed to deal with uncertainty and co-create more just and sustainable food, farming, and land use systems. Such a SPI risks favoring science that reflects and reinforces the economic and political interests of an elite network of governments, researchers, and foundations with strong business ties. 

The UN Food Systems Summit has become an opportunity to push this proposal, which would fragment public food governance through the CFS/HLPE and create new spaces that a handful of powerful actors can more easily control and dominate. 

We call on governments and policymakers to:

  • Decisively reject the new SPI. Any new SPI on food systems would undermine the HLPE and, by extension, weaken the architecture of public food governance developed by the CFS. 
  • Strengthen commitment to, and investment in, the HLPE. The HLPE provides a much stronger and more valid evidence base for policy than what is being proposed by this newly invented SPI. It should be strengthened rather than replaced with an SPI accountable only to elites.  
  • Support participatory processes that actively and meaningfully include plural perspectives and voices in food system governance. Farmers and other citizens need inclusive, participatory, and safe spaces within the CFS-HLPE process to co-create the knowledge necessary to govern food systems at global, national and local levels. 

It is Indigenous people, peasants, and so called ‘lay’ people who have contributed to establishing the myriad of diverse, regenerative, and sustainable food systems that have been compromised by centuries of attempts to control and commodify nature. They are not stakeholders to be consulted by scientists, but rights-holders and knowledge-holders around whom food systems transitions should be built. 

    Sign the letter here

Molly Anderson, PhD
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies & Academic Director of Food Studies
Middlebury College, USA

Matthew Canfield, PhD
Assistant Professor
Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Society
Leiden Law School, Netherlands

Maywa Montenegro, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
& Honorary Research Fellow Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience

Philip McMichael, PhD
Professor
Development Sociology, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, USA

Nora McKeon
Professor
International University College of Turin and Roma Tre

Jessica Duncan, PhD
Associate Professor, Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University
Wageningen, Netherlands

Barbara Gemmill-Herren, PhD
Associate Faculty
Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona, USA

Michel Pimbert, PhD
Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics
Director of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University, UK

Alastair Iles, PhD
Associate Professor
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Adjunct Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Elisabetta Recine
Professor Public Health Nutrition
Observatory of Food and Nutrition Security Policies
Dep Nutrition University of Brasilia, Brazil

Chemuku Wekesa, PhD
Kenya Forestry Research Institute
Nairobi, Kenya

Tomaso Ferrando, PhD
Faculty of Law
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Emma Burnett, MSc
Centre for Agroecology, Water, and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Krystyna Swiderska, MSc, PhD Candidate
International Institute for Environment and Development
London, UK

Barbara Van Dyck, PhD
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry,

Chemuku Wekesa, PhD
Kenya Forestry Research Institute
Nairobi, Kenya

Ajay Rastogi, MSc
Lok Chetna
Ranikhet, India

Mark Tilzey, PhD
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Rosemary Venn, MSC
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Luke Owen, PhD
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

David Alonso, PhD
Spanish Research Council (CSIC)
Blanes, Spain

Gilbert Gillespie, PhD
Harrisdale Homestead
Atlantic, IA, USA

Rachel O’Malley, PhD
Environmental Studies, San José State University
San Jose, California

Jessica Milgroom, PhD
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Shalmali Guttal
Focus on the Global South
India

Matheus Alves Zanella, PhD Candidate
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)/University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland / Brasília, Brazil

Colin Anderson, PhD
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT, USA

Russell C Hedberg II, PhD
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, USA

Annette Desmarais, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

Potira Preiss, PhD
UNISC – Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil

Alexandra Penedo de Pinho, Dr. Agriculture Engineering
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil

Margarita Fernandez, PhD
Caribbean Agroecology Institute
Burlington, Vermont, USA

Hart Feuer, PhD
Division of Natural Resource Economics, Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan

Scott Peters, PhD
Department of Global Development, Cornell University
Ithaca NY, United States

Sergio Schneider, PhD
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil
Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil

Helena Lope, Mestre
CPDA/UFRRJ
Rio de Janeiro/RJ, Brasil

Jack Kloppenburg, Professor Emeritus, PhD
Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Liz Carlisle, PhD
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Nathalia Valderrama Bohorquez, PhD
College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University
Beijing, China

Mireya Valencia Perafan, Doctorado
Universidad de Brasília
Brasília – DF/ Brasil

Catherine Badgley, PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Mário Ávila, Doutor em Desenvolvimento Sustentável
Universidade de Brasília
Brasília, DF, Brasil

Cecilia Rocha, PhD
Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Luisa Vilela, Bachelor’s degree (Nutrition)
Nutrition Department/UFMG
Belo Horizonte, Brasil

Hans R Herren, PhD
President, Millennium Institute
Washington, DC

Fabiano Escher, PhD
Department of Development, Agriculture and Society, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Stacy Philpott PhD
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, USA

Andrea M. Collins, PhD
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Timothy Bowles, PhD
Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, USA

Michael Oke, Post Graduate Diploma in Farm Management and Extension
Oke Foundation
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria

Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, PhD
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Jennifer Nicklay, Bachelor’s
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Gordon Fitc, PhD
Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA USA

Janine Giuberti Coutinh, PhD
Universidade de Brasília
Brasília, FD, Brasil

Erin Lowe, PhD student
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Wisconsin, USA

David Shaw, PhD student
Institute for Social Transformation, UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Marcela Cely-Santos, PhD
Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Munich, Germany

Anelise Rizzolo de Oliveira, Pós Doutora
Faculdade de Saúde/ Observatório de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional, University of Brasília
Brasília, FD, Brasil

Nina Isabella Moelle, PhD
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Renato Malu, PhD
DDAS/Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Raj Patel, PhD
Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX, USA

Paulo Petersen, PhD
AS-PTA Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ian Scoones, PhD
Professor, IDS, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Inês Rugani Ribeiro de Castro, PhD
Institute of Nutrition/ State University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Peter Michael Rosset, PhD
ECOSUR
San Cristobal, Mexico

Samir Doshi, PhD
Race and Technology Fellow, Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Lesli Hoey, PhD
Urban and Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Stefan Ortiz Przychodzka, Master in Development Studies
Social-Ecological Systems Institute, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Lüneburg, Germany

Jill Clark, PhD
Ohio State University
Columbus, USA

Bruce G. Ferguson, PhD
Agriculture, Environment, and Society, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

Stephen Gliessman, PhD
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, USA

Sagari R Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist
Food Sovereignty Alliance
India

Giuseppe Mastruzzo, PhD
International University College of Turin,
Torino, Italy

Domenico Perrotta, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Letters, Philosophy, and Communication, University of Bergamo
Bergamo, Italy

Yiching Song, PhD
Farmer Seed Network in China
Nanning, China

Lorenzo Cotula, PhD
Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development; Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde
London, UK

Rick Welsh, PhD
Nutrition and Food Studies, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, USA

Andy Stirling, PhD
Professor, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Darío Fajardo, PhD
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Externado de Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

Mamadou Goita, PhD
IRPAD/Afrique
Bamako, Mali

Lindy Binder
Centre for Agroecology Water & Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Pierre Rousset
International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Amsterdam Netherlands

Govind Kelkar, PhD
GenDev Centre for Research and Innovation, Gurgaon
Gurgaon, India

Maria Fonte, PhD
Associate Professor, Master Program in Food Studies, The American University of Rome
Rome, Italy

Theo van Boven, PhD
School of Law, Maastricht University
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Bruno Borsari, PhD
Biology, Winona State University
Winona, MN, USA

Laura Prota, PhD
The American University of Rome
Rome, Italy

András Bíró
Founding Editor of Ceres, the FAO Development Review
Budapest, Hungary

Tara Conway, PhD student
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Marcia Ishii, PhD
Pesticide Action Network North America
Berkeley, CA, United States

Divya Sharma, PhD
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Vivian Wauters, PhD
UC Davis
Davis, USA

Juan Sanchez Barba, Economist
Executive Director Peruvian Agroecological Network
Lima, Peru

Juana Camacho, PhD
Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia
Bogotá, Colombia

Madeleine Fairbairn, PhD
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Claudio Schuftan, MD
PHM Global
Cape Town, South Africa

Stephan Rist, PhD
Institute of Geography, University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland

Daniel Warshawsky, PhD
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio, United States

Andy Fisher, MA
Ecological Farming Association
California, USA

Elizabeth Smythe, PhD
Concordia University of Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Michael Tlusty, PhD
School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA, USA

Nettie Wiebe, PhD
Professor Emerita, St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Canada

Johanna Jacobi, PhD
ETH Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

Jackie Smith, PhD
Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Nadia El-Hage, Master of Science, Environmental Studies
Biodynamic Association
Florence, Italy

Dominique Bounie, PhD
Polytech Lille, University of Lille
Lille, France

Rebecca de Souza, PhD
Communication, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Duluth, MN, USA

Kristine Kowalchuk, PhD
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

Herman Kumara, BSc. Hons.
National Fisheries Solidarity Movement
Negombo, Sri Lanka

Mary Stockdale, PhD
Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia
Kelowna, BC, Canada

Janet Nyapendi, Bachelor’s degree
College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Makerere University
Kampala, Uganda

Jeffrey Ensminger
Natural Environmental Ecological Management
Durham, NC, USA

Steven McFadden, B.S.
DeepAgroecology.net
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Mary Chandler, BSc
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, United States

Manuela Picq, PhD
Amherst College & Universidad San Francisco de Quito
United States & Ecuador

Shiney Varghese
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Minneapolis, USA

Sophia Murphy
Executive Director, IATP
Minneapolis, USA

Tom Wakeford, PhD
University of Exeter
Exeter, UK

Charles Levkoe, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Canada

Miguel Altieri, PhD
Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA

Dr. Jeanne Koopman, PhD
African Studies Center, Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Carol Shennan, PhD
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, USA

Kendra Klein, PhD
Friends of the Earth
Washington D.C., USA

Flora Lu, PhD
Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Jay Smith, PhD
Athabasca University
Athabasca, Alberta, Canada

Matthew Schnurr, PhD
International Development Studies, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

Dražen Šimleša
Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar
Zagreb, Croatia

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, PhD
American University
Washington DC, USA

Dian Pratiwi Pribadi, Master (M. Sc.)
FIAN Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

Huiying Ng, MA Social Science (Geography)
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilian University
Munich, Germany

Narciso Barrera Bassols, PhD
Grupo de Trabajo Agroecología Política CLACSO
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tashina Vavuris, Master’s
Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Meriel Watts, PhD
Pesticide Action Network
Auckland, Aoteroa/New Zealand

Ted Greiner, PhD
Editor in chief of World Nutrition
Olinda, Pernambuco, Brasil

Narasimha Reddy Donthi, PhD
Independent Researcher on Public Policy
Hyderabad, India

Jennifer C. Franco, PhD
Transnational Institute
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alana Mann, PhD
University of Sydney,
Sydney, Australia

Aakanksha Tiwari, Masters in Science
Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Hindu University
Varanasi, India

Soontaree Nakaviroj, BA
CUSRI
Bangkok, Thailand

Raymond Auerbach, PhD
Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa

Michael Succow, PhD
University of Greifswald
Greifswald, Germany

Henk Hobbelink,
GRAIN
Barcelona, Spain

Saurabh Arora, PhD
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Malin Olofsson, PhD
Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Christophe Golay, PhD
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Geneva, Switzerland

Josh Brem-Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Katie Sandwell
Transnational Institute
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nicolas Dendoncker, PhD
Geography, University of Namur
Namur, Belgium

Pauline Tiffen, Masters
Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Fair Trade
London, UK

Prof. Srinivasa Kunuthur, Ph.D.
Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University
Guntur-522034 Andhra Pradesh, India

Julia Spanier, MSc
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Marta G Rivera Ferre, PhD
INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
Valencia, Spain

Colin Sage, PhD
Adjunct professor, University College Cork
Cork, Republic of Ireland

Devon Sampson, PhD
Polyculture Research
Bainbridge Island, Washington State, USA

Jean-Claude Grégoire, PhD
Honorary professor, Université libre de Bruxelles
Brussels, Belgium

Sung Kyu Kim, PhD
SPRU, University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom

Davinder Lamba, MES (Master in Environmental Studies)
Mazingira Institute
Nairobi, Kenya

Bill Grayson, PhD
The Morecambe Bay Conservation Grazing Company
Milnthorpe, UK

M.D. Helal Uddin, Master of Social Science
SSAFP (Solidarity of South Asian Farmers and Producers)
Bangladesh

Evan Bowness, PhD Candidate
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Arnab Chaudhary, Undergraduate (law)
Kathmandu School of Law
Bhaktapur, Nepal

Humberto Gonzalez, PhD
Research Center in Social Anthropology (CIESAS)
Guadalajara, Mexico

Dawn Moncrief, Masters
A Well-Fed World (NGO)
Washington, D.C., USA

Tom Kelly, PhD
University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
Durham, NH, USA

Ashok Bhurtyal, MPH
Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University
Kathmandu, Nepal

Jennifer Clapp, PhD
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

Carla Johnston, PhD Candidate
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Waterloo, ON, Canada

Marcela Vecchione-Gonçalves, PhD
Centre for Advanced Amazonian Studies – NAEA-UFPA
Belém do Pará, Brazil

Graham Riches, MA,
Professor Emeritus of Social Work
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada

William Moseley, PhD
DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN, USA

Mateo Mier y Terán GC, PhD
El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México

Laura Livingston, MS
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, USA

Timothy A. Wise, MA
Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
Medford, MA, USA

Jeroen Candel, PhD
Public Administration and Policy, Wageningen University
Wageningen, the Netherlands

Pablo A. de la Vega, Doctor (Abogado)
Coordinador General del Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos
“Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM)
Quito, Ecuador

Susanne Kraemer, PhD
Terroir Solutions
Tempe, AZ, USA

Aruna Rodrigues, BA Honours
Sunray Harvesters (Founder)
Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India

Joost Dessein, PhD
Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University
Gent, Belgium

José Esquinas, PhD
Retired professor Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y Universidad de Córdoba.
Retired FAO professional.
Madrid and Cordoba in Spain

Thomas Campbell, PhD
Department of International Development, Maynooth University
Maynooth, Ireland

Angelika Hilbeck, PhD
Institute of Integrative Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
Zurich, Switzerland

Stuart Gillespie, PhD N
Non-resident Senior Fellow, IFPRI
Lewes, UK

Margaret Miller, MPH
SMHS, Edith Cowan University
Perth, Western Australia

Charlotte Spring, PhD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

Reynaldo A Morales, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Antonio Aguilera Nieves, Licenciado
Fundación Savia por el Compromiso y los valores Licenciatura
Sevilla, Spain

Carol Ramos, Master
SUNY-UB
Buffalo, New York, USA

David Beck, PhD
School of Health and Society, University of Salford
Manchester, UK

Veronica Limeberry , Doctoral Candidate
American University
Washington DC, USA

Christina M. Schiavoni, PhD
Food systems specialist
Boston, MA, USA

César Adrián Ramírez-Miranda, Doctor
Posgrado en Desarrollo Rural Regional, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo
Texcoco, México

Atakan Büke, PhD
Insitute of Anthropology, Leipzig University
Leipzig, Germany

Ezinne Merianchris Emeana, Doctoral Researcher
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
Coventry, United Kingdom

Melissa Leach PhD
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom

Wan Manan, Doctorate in Nutrition
Alma Ata University
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Marcos Arruda, PhD
Professor UNIPAZ – International Peace University
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Roseann Cohen, PhD
Community Agroecology Network (CAN)
Santa Cruz, California, United States

Hannah Wittman, PhD
Center for Sustainable Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Jack A Heinemann, PhD
Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

Mugisha Epaphras, Medical Doctor
University of Burundi, Phena Burundi Association
Bujumbur, Burundi

Edda Giuberti,
Tripla difesa onlus, Chieti, Italy

Maria Luisa Mendonça, PhD
Network for Social Justice and Human Rights
São Paulo, Brazil

Michelle Miller, PhD candidate,
Transition Design, University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Solène Lemichez, Ingeneer degree
INRAE – UMR BAGAP, groupe Biodiversité Cultivée et Recherche Participative
Rennes, France

Jane Battersby, PhD
Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Anne Outwater, PhD
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Lars Otto Naess, PhD
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

John Thompson, PhD
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Lidia Cabral, PhD
Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Sergio Sauer, PhD
University of Brasilia
Brasilia, Brazil

Christina Plank, PhD
Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Vienna, Austria

Daniela Sanches Frozi, PhD
Oswaldo Cruz Foudation
Brasília, Brasil

Elaine Martins Pasquim, PhD
Brazilian Network on Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security Research
Brasília, Brasil

Renato S. Maluf, PhD
Full Professor, CPDA/Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Susana Prizenda, Arquiteta urbanista
Rede Josué de Castro de Soberania e Segurança Alimentar do NE/Brasil
NE/Brasil

Les Levidow, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Open University
Milton Keynes, UK

Nilson de Paula, PhD
Federal University of Paraná
Curitiba, Brazil

Myriam Paredes, PhD
Facultad, Desarrollo Ambiente y Territorio, Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
Quito, Ecuador

Lyla Mehta, PhD
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Alejandra Contreras Manazano, PhD
El Poder del Consumidor
CDMX, Mexico

Luis Rincón, PhD
Agrosavia – Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research
Pasto, Colombia

Kathleen McAfee, PhD
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA, USA

Leonilde Servolo de Medeiros, PhD
UNiversidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

Achiba Gargule, PhD
Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) – U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
Norway

Haroon Akram-Lodhi, PhD
Trent University
Peterborough, Canada

Alexander Dunlap, PhD
Centre for Development & the Environment, University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Stephen Devereux, PhD
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

José Esquinas-Alcazar, PhD
Professor, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Crystal Díaz, MA
Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Simone Lovera, PhD
Global Forest Coalition
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Frank Eyhorn, PhD
Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development
Zurich, Switzerland

Neeraja Havalig, PhD
Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Raul Paz, doctor en ciencias agropecuarias
Profesor Adjunto en la Facultad de Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales y de la Salud en la UNS
Bueno Aires, Argentina

Tammi Jonas, PhD Candidate
Anthropology, University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia

Edita Olaizola, Doctorado
Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña
Barcelona, España

Jeremy Ironside, PhD
Independent Development Consultant
Christchurch, New Zealand

Aparna Sundar, PhD
Fisheries Researcher
Toronto, Canada

Sara Latorre, PhD
Desarrollo, Ambiente y Territorio, Latinomericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO),
Quito, Ecuador

Elisa Oteros-Rozas, PhD
Ecology, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Barcelona, Spain

Haroon Akram-Lodhi, PhD
International Development Studies, Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Cecilia Rikap, PhD
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Antoine Marin, PhD
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
Le Rheu, France

Priscilla Claeys, PhD
Associate Professor, Food Sovereignty, Human Rights and Resilience
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University
Coventry, UK

Shuji Hisano, PhD
Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan

Laura Langner , M.S.
The New School
New York City, NY, USA

Marcella Pedersen
National Farmers Union
Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, Canada

Hossein Ayazi, PhD
Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, USA

Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert, PhD
Institute of Geography and Geology, University Greifswald
Greifswald, Germany

Jenny Faisury Peña Varon, Maestria
Universidad del Valle
Cali, Colombia

Stephanie Wunder, Dipl.-Ing.
Ecologic Institute
Berlin, Germany

Cristina Garcia, M en C
Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

Vera Schieder, Bachelor
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde
Eberswalde, Germany

Frank Eyhorn, PhD
Biovision Foundation
Zurich, Switzerland

Frances Davies, Master of Science
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Guillermo F. Gramaglia Ingaramo. Master Sociologia Rural. Ing. Agr.
Cooperacion Tecnica
Bueno Aires, Argentina

Dulce Espinosa de la Mora, Maestría
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales
Ciudad de México, Mexico

Raquel Feroe, PhD
Solar Power Investment Co-Operative of Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Allison Loconto, PhD
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
Paris, France

Luis Fernando Gomez Gutierrez, Maestría
Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá, Colombia

Alanna Higgins, PhD Candidate
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV, USA

Antero Benedito da Silva, PhD
Peace Centre of Universidade Nacional Timor-Lorosae
Timor-Leste

Diego Gaitan, Doctor en Nutricion y Aliementos
Escuela de Nutricion y Dietetica, Universidad de Antioquia
Medellin, Colombia

Eliana María Pérez Tamayo, Doctorado en Salud Pública
Escuela de Nutrición y Dietética, Universidad de Antioquia
Medellón, Colombia.

Thiago Kanashiro Uehara, PhD
Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House
London, UK

Adam Jadhav, PhD candidate
Geography, University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, USA

Heather Day, Masters in Geography
Geography, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Tlacaelel Rivera-Núñez, Doctor en Ciencias en Agroecología y Sociedad
Red Ambiente y Sustentabilidad, Instituto de Ecología A.C.
Xalapa, México

Anoushka Carter, Msc Human Ecology
University of Sussex
Falmer, United Kingdom

Mariana Benítez, PhD
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Ciudad de México, México

Miranda Hendry, MPH, PhD student
School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Elyse Mills, PhD candidate
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
The Hague, Netherlands

Fernanda Figueroa, PhD
Grupo de Análisis Socioambiental/Facultad de Ciencias/UNAM
Ciudad de México, México

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