Food and Climate
Civil society open letter to Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner.
The European Commission will conclude its investigation into the Bayer-Monsanto merger in the coming days. CIDSE is joining a call by civil society organisations urging the Commission to prevent what could become the world’s largest agriculture company, dominating the seeds and chemicals markets for the years to come.
On October 26, at the Agroecology Europe Forum in Lyon, CIDSE organized a workshop entitled "Exploring Agroecology Principles", to exchange and confront ideas around the intersections between agroecology and social justice, gender, youth, economic viability and climate resilience. Here are some of the highlights from the discussion tables.
Food insecurity is largely driven by a food system that is highly controlled by agribusiness. But there's a better way.
The verdict is now in from the International Monsanto Tribunal, which took place from October 14-16th, 2016 in the Hague in the Netherlands.
In the coming weeks, the EU Commission will be deciding if it will approve the mega-merger of multinational agribusiness corporations Bayer and Monsanto.
More than 200 civil society organisations call on the European Commission to oppose agriculture mega-mergers
CIDSE along with more than 200 civil society organisations call on the European Commission to block the 3 planned mergers in the agribusiness sector, as they concentrate market power and exacerbate the consequences of industrial and chemical agriculture on ecosystems, farmers, health and food security.
Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, writes about the need for a true paradigm shift when addressing global challenges such as food security in the context of climate change. She warns of the dangers that lie behind the concept of "Climate-Smart Agriculture".
A CIDSE delegation composed of representatives from the CIDSE Secretariat and CIDSE Member Organisations CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France), Cordaid (the Netherlands), Entraide & Fraternité (Belgium), FEC (Portugal), FOCSIV (Italy) and Manos Unidas (Spain), joined forces in Rome in advance of the 41st session of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS-41, 13th–17th October), where negotiations – open to stakeholders from across the spectrum and hosted at the UN’s Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO) – will culminate in decisions of critical importance for agriculture, food security and nutrition.
Struggling to convince policy makers as to what agroecology’s all about and how it can be of real and long-lasting benefit to smallholder farmers and to the environment? A handy new online tool from the Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples (PLANT) may be able to help.
On Human Rights Day, CIDSE reminds world leaders why the Right to Food and climate justice go hand in hand on the pathway to sustainable development