Declarations by The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) is an autonomous and self-organised global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organizations and grass root/community based social movements to advance the Food Sovereignty agenda at the global and regional level.

More than 800 organizations and 300 millions of small-scale food producers self organize themselves through the IPC, sharing the Food Sovereignty principles as outlined in the Nyeleni 2007 Declaration + 6 pillars of the synthesis report IPC facilitates dialogue and debate among actors from civil society, governments and others actors the field of Food Security and Nutrition, creating a space of discussion autonomous from political parties, institutions, governments and private sector.

The IPC recently published several declarations on food sovereignty for Europe, Asia and Africa. See the IPC weblog for more information or Facebook page IPC for Food Sovereignty 


Peasants and Politics – free access special issue of the Journal of Pesants Studies

JPS coverThe Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Volume 1 of JPS was published in October 1973 to September 1974. Part of our series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversary of JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies.

The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal over the past four decades on peasant politics.

The articles share one common feature: they all remain extremely relevant, especially in the context of today’s massive, worldwide revival of critical agrarian studies. We hope academics will find the virtual special issue useful in their courses. We hope students of contemporary critical agrarian studies and critical environmental studies, among others, will find it useful in building their theoretical foundations. We hope policy practitioners will find it relevant in informing policy debates. We hope agrarian, food and environmental activists will find it relevant in their political struggles.

(Un)accepted Foods – Lectures, discussion and tasting on April 8

Join RUW at the ‘(Un)accepted Foods’ evening and learn more about the potential of insects as food and about eating unconventional food products like horse and goose meat. Find out why responses to such food items can be so strong and how attitudes towards them differ across cultures. And how about challenging your own food habits at the tasting?

Contributions by:

  • Jessica Duncan: Lecturer in Food Cultures and Food Policy at Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University
  • Arnold van Huis: Author of ‘The insect cookbook’, researcher at the Entomology department (WUR)
  • Rob Hagenouw: Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier (Kitchen of the Unwanted Animal)

Venue: April 8, 19.00-21.00 in the public libary of Wageningen (BBLTHK), free entrance.

For more information see: or the Facebook page (Un)accepted food.

Food Sovereignty conference Yale and ISS – 30 videos, 94 papers and 12 JPS articles available

The conference “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” was held twice: on 14-15 September 2013 in Yale University, USA, and on 24 January 2014 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague. It brought together the world’s leading scholars and activists, both sympathetic and supportive of the idea of food sovereignty, as well as those highly skeptical of the concept. They fostered a critical dialogue on the issue examining its various meanings, interpretations, and political implications.

The Transnational Institute has published 30 video clips from of the presentations held during the conferences at Yale University in September 2013 and at ISS in January 2014.

The combined processes towards the Yale conference and the ISS colloquium, there are now 94 working papers and 3 Discussion Notes. You can download these papers at :

Journal of Peasant Studies: 12 articles available free of charge 

12 papers by Henry Bernstein, Bina Agarwal, Jack Kloppenburg, Phil McMichael, Marc Edelman, Ryan Isakson, Jennifer Clapp, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Madeleine Fairbairn, Annette Desmarais & Hannah Wittman, Kim Burnett & Sophia Murphy, and Peter Rosset & Maria Elena Martinez-Torres are officially published by The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), one of the co-organizers of the critical dialogue. As contribution to the critical dialogue, JPS has made all these 12 articles downloadable from its website free of charge:

Advies voor energiecoöperaties

Originally posted on onderzoekerstadslandbouw:

Bijna alle MSc studenten van Wageningen Universiteit volgen het vak Academic Consultancy Training. Hierin vervullen ze als groep een consultancy opdracht voor een ‘echte’ opdrachtgever. Ze worden bijgestaan door een inhoudelijk expert en een coach op het proces. Ongeveer een jaar geleden heb ik voor het eerst zo’n groepje studenten gecoacht. Een leerzame en erg leuke ervaring. Ik heb nu voor een tweede keer een groepje mogen begeleiden. ‘Mijn’ groepje deed een opdracht voor SamenGroen . SamenGroen levert zonnepanelen en ondersteunt energiecoöperaties. De groep beantwoordde de volgende vraag:

Hoe kan SamenGroen haar tijd en middelen efficiënt inzetten voor het adviseren en begeleiden van energiecoöperaties?

Het komen tot een goed adviesrapport is een heel proces. Eerst moeten de studenten de precieze vraag van de opdrachtgever definiëren, wat nog best een opgave was. Wat wil hij precies weten, wat is het doel achter zijn vraag, en wat is mogelijk binnen…

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Food Otherwise conference – a video impression

As posted before the Food Otherwise conference has been very succesfull. A bi-lingual (Dutch/English) video impression is now available:

FoodNET – where EU food projects meet

As Rural Sociology Group we have particiapted in several food related EU-funded research projects for all of which a website or weblog was created. Most recent food projects Rural Sociology has participated in are PUREFOOD, Foodlinks, GLAMUR & SUPURBFOOD. TRANSMANGO has just started and a website will soon be launched.

To better integrate and disseminate the findings research projects and to facilitate discussion and interaction among among all those involved and interested FoodNET has been launced: FoodNET replaces the Sustainable Food weblog.

FoodNET is as a platform that will keep you posted on latest research on sustainable food provisioning and farming. FoodNET is a website and blog in one. The FoodNet Team is on Twitter as well: @foodnet_eu. Latest Tweet is shown at the right of this weblog, below our Rural Sociology WU tweets. We will also have the FoodNET tweets published at our Rural Sociology Group Facebook page.

Food Tank: Five Ways to Change the Food System

About the Food Tank:

Our food system is broken. Some people don’t have enough food, while others are eating too much. There’s only one way to fix this problem—and it starts with you and me.

Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. We will offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share. Food Tank is for farmers and producers, policy makers and government leaders, researchers and scientists, academics and journalists, and the funding and donor communities to collaborate on providing sustainable solutions for our most pressing environmental and social problems.

As much as we need new thinking on global food system issues, we also need new doing. Around the world, people and organizations have developed innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the most pressing issues in food and agriculture. Through years of field visits (and years of trying to eat better in her own community) our President Danielle Nierenberg has helped to highlight and promote these best practices. Today, we hope to bridge the domestic and global food issues by highlighting how hunger, obesity, climate change, unemployment, and other problems can be solved by more research and investment in sustainable agriculture.

Food Tank will highlight hope and success in agriculture. We will feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories. These innovations need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up. And that is where we need you. We all need to work together to find solutions that nourish ourselves and protect the planet.

See the clip how the food systems can be changed in the five ways:

Il a plus sur le grand paysage – Film about crisis in Wallonian Dairy farming in Movie W

Monday March 31, 20.00 the film ‘Il a plus sur le grand paysage‘ (with English subtitles) will be shown in Movie-W. The film is directed by Jean-Jacques Andrien. The director and a farmer will be present and open for discussion with the audience.

Autumn 2010. In the region of Herve, in Belgium’s east, the milk crisis of 2009 struck brutally at the dairy farms. In this profoundly estabilised context, the decision of the European Union to completely remove the milk production quota in 2015, and the determination of the World Trade Organisation to further liberalise the markets, directly threatened the existence of the farms. Nine farmers tell us of their struggle, from the heart.

Free entrance thanks to the support by Rural Sociology and Sociology of Development and Change of Wageningen University. The evening is co-organised by Otherwise, Movie-W, ILEIA, RUW and Boerengroep.

Voedselanders / Food otherwise conference very successfull

The Voedselanders or Food Otherwise conference held last Friday and Saturday at the Wageningen Campus has been very successfull and inspiring: more then 800 people participated. Key notes speeches by a.o. Pablo Titonell, Hanny van Geel, Vandana Shiva and Olivier de Schutter were broadcasted live by and those did missed one or more can still see what they missed. See also the website for links to the recordings.


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