Response to the HLPE report on Agroecology

Over the past five years (2014-2018), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened a series of regional and international meetings on agroecology. More than 2,100 participants from 170 countries attended to give their input on the potential of agroecology to transform food and agriculture. In 2018, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) appointed a project team to report on those consultations and the role of agroecology in food security and nutrition. Two ARC members, Barbara Gemmill-Herren and Rachel Bezner-Kerr, are among the ten experts selected. In the HLPE’s words, the project team is charged with drafting a report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition.”

In October 2018, The HLPE released a “version 0” draft of the report and invited comments from the public. ARC members found the draft deeply problematic in its framing and emphasis, and submitted a collective comment to the HLPE in November. In June 2019, the HLPE released an excerpt of the final report, and formally launched the report at FAO headquarters in Rome on July 3. At the time of this writing, the full report has not yet been released. While the project team is responsible for drafting the report, the HLPE itself has final say over the content of the final draft.