What are the major international bodies where food and agriculture, biodiversity and climate change are debated? A complex web of international agreements and multilateral fora (abbreviated by a jumble of sometimes mystifying acronyms!) shape policy and global governance on food and agriculture, biodiversity and climate crisis.
These issues may be debated in the context of food security and development, trade agreements, intellectual property, environment, or human rights – a situation that can result in institutional fragmentation and government negotiators working at cross-purposes. The range of actors seeking to influence and participate in these debates is unprecedented. They include civil society, farmers’ organizations, indigenous peoples, social movements and private sector interests.
We also highlight examples of the role played by civil society, farmers’ organizations, indigenous peoples and others to reclaim food sovereignty and climate justice at the international level. Our list is far from exhaustive.