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There is a vast and growing concern about our decreasing food and biological diversity and the social, economic and environmental impacts of our agro-industrial food system. All over the world, organizations and people are acting together to build more local and sustainable food systems.

In light of the many and growing threats our food supply, such as climate change, increasing our food diversity is critical. To do so, conserving (and growing) our plant, animal and aquatic genetic resources, turning towards ecological agriculture and food sovereignty, promoting public policies that support resilient food systems, and rethinking our lifestyles are different measures that will be needed.

The world’s 2.5 billion indigenous and small-scale farmers, fishers and pastoralists, who feed a majority of the world’s people, already create and conserve most of the world’s biodiversity. We will need them even more in the future than we did in the past.

Links and Resources

  • ETC Group. (2009, November 1). Who will feed us? Retrieved from
  • Pimbert, M. (2009, November). Towards food sovereignty: reclaiming autonomous food systems. London: International Institute for Environment and Development. Retrieved from
  • The Development Fund . (2011). Part 1. In A. Nærstad (Ed.), A viable food future (pp. 38-51). Oslo: The Development Fund, Norway. Retrieved from

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