Who is governing our food systems?

Event Details


Webinar with Members of the European Parliament VIA ZOOM

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Languages: English, French and Polski


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Moderation: Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam

14.30 – 14.35 – Welcoming words by Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam

14.35 – 15.00 – Introduction

  • The governance of our food systems. What’s at stake ?
    By Nora McKeon, Terra Nuova
  • The corporate capture of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) and the People’s Autonomous Response to the UNFSS
    By Paula Gioia (European Coordination Via Campesina/Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on world Food Security)

15.00 – 15.25 – Panel 1 : Food Governance in its global dimension
Participants : Maria Noichl (S&D), Beata Kempa (ECR), Saskia Brickmont (Greens), Sofia Monsalve (FIAN IS)

Questions :

  • New modalities of global food governance are challenging the public sphere and democratic decision-making aimed at transforming our food systems. How can the EP and the EU defend and promote a democratic multilateral food governance grounded in human rights ? Who needs to be at the table and on what conditions ?
  • With the Committee on world Food Security (CFS), WTO, FAO, World Bank, CBD, UNFCCC, UN Food Systems Summit, … food governance is fragmented, uncoordinated, weak and often contradictory. Human rights are not considered to the same degree in all spaces, or are completely ignored. Member States take different positions in the different spaces, sometimes far removed from the urgency or best practices for food systems transformation. Which spaces to strengthen at global levels to ensure policy coherence and governance accountability for a transition towards sustainable food systems that puts people and the planet at the center?

 15.25 – 15.50 – Panel 2 : EU food policies and global food governance
Participants : Claude Gruffaut (Greens), Anja Hazekamp (GUE), Atilla Szocs (Ecoruralis)

Questions :

  • Corporate power concentration in the food systems continues to grow, as well as their political influence, including through a narrative based on innovation, technology, digitalisation and corporate-led multistakeholder initiatives, How to address corporate power concentration and avoid the capture of democratic institutions for public food governance ?
  • In the European Green Deal, the EU aims at a transition towards sustainable food systems, with difficult – but necessary – policy choices.What EU policies, mechanisms and means should be leveraged to strengthen democratic and right-based governance of food systems ?
  • The transition towards sustainable food systems requires a holistic approach dealing with different policy domains (eg. climate, environment, biodiversity, trade, finance). How to increase EU leadership and coherence by connecting different policy domains for a holistic governance approach to transforming food systems ?

15.50 – 16.15 – Q&A

16.15 – 16.30 – Concluding remarks By Éric Andrieu (S&D) and Morgan Ody (International Coordinator La Via Campesina)


* This event is organised by European members of the People’s Autonomous Response to UNFSS: Action Aid, CIDSE, European Coordination of La Via Campesina, FIAN European Sections, Terra Nuova, Oxfam


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