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.

UPDATE 07.17.2019

The full UN report “Agroecological and other innovation approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” is now available: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/hlpe/hlpe_documents/HLPE_Reports/HLPE-Report-14_EN.pdf

Some excellent analyses based on the summary released in June:

New UN report on agroecology for climate, food security and human rights, Shiney Varghese, IATP, June 26, 2019

Agroecology as Innovation, Timothy Wise, Food Tank, July 3, 2019

ARC was pleased to sign onto this letter:

Statement in Support of the UN Committee on World Food Security, Agroecology, and Small-Scale Food Producers and Against US Obstructionism

October 16, 2019 NFFC Weighs In

See also on USFSA website: http://usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/statement-in-support-of-the-cfs-against-us-obstructionism/