Content of “Transformation of our food systems – the making of a paradigm shift”

Over the past decade, a new food system narrative has been firmly established, distinctly different from the post-war chemical narrative which still dominates mainstream farming. Nothing less than a real paradigm shift for agriculture, nutrition and food systems emerged, inspired to a great extent by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) that was finalised in April 2008.
Here, we are taking stock of what has been achieved through and since the IAASTD report. This book compiles essays summarizing a range of highly regarded international scientific and political reports that have been published after IAASTD. Together with topical papers (updates) from former IAASTD authors they are highlighting what has been achieved and what still needs to be done.

Table of contents

Hans R. Herren

The making of a paradigm shift
Benedikt Haerlin

Looking Back: IAASTD, agroecology and new ways forward
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

EU-SCAR: Two narratives in a world of scarcities
Erik Mathijs

Update: Innovation for whom?
Molly Anderson

Update: Corporate multilateralism at the UN
Pat Mooney

UNCTAD: How to cope with largely dysfunctional market signals for sustainable agriculture?
Ulrich Hofmann

Update: Trade and market policy
Steve Suppan

UN: How the IAASTD helped shape the SDGs
Michael Bergöö & Mayumi Ridenhour

Update: The emerging issue of “digitalization” of agriculture
Angelika Hilbeck & Eugenio Tisselli

UNEP: Recasting agriculture in a resource-smart food systems landscape
Jacqueline McGlade

Update: Access to land and the emergence of internationally operating farm enterprises.
Ward Anseeuw

IPES-Food: From uniformity to diversity
Emile A. Frison

Update: Agriculture, capital, and infectious diseases
Rob Wallace

TEEB AgriFood: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
Alexander Mueller & Nadine Azzu

Update: The state of concentration global food and agriculture industries
Phil H. Howard & Mary K. Hendrickson

UNDROP: The UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
María E. Fernandez

Update: Changing demographies and smallholder futures
Ben White & Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

IPBES: Agriculture and biodiversity
Kate Brauman & Bob Watson

Update: Assessment of modern biotechnologies
Jack Heinemann

Agrimonde-Terra: Land use and food security in 2050. A narrow road
Marie de Lattre-Gasquet

Update: Urbanization and the effects on agriculture and food security
Frédéric Lançon

Update: The vast potential of sustainable grazing
Anita Idel

Lancet Commission: The agriculture and health nexus: a decade of paradigm progress but patchy policy actions
Boyd Swinburn

Update: Food systems in relation to nutrition and health
Marie Josèphe Amiot

FAO Report on Agroecology: Agroecological approaches and other innovations
Alexander Wezel

Update: The need for a conceptual paradigm shift
Bernard Hubert

IPCC Climate and Land: The contribution of the IPCC to a change of paradigm in agriculture and food systems
Marta G. Rivera-Ferre

Update: Indigenous autonomy and indigenous community-based research
Tirso Gonzales, Walter D. Mignolo

Global Alliance for the Future of Food & and Biovision: Beacons of hope
Lauren Baker, Barbara Gemmill-Herren, Fabio Leippert

Looking Forward: Resources to inspire a transformative agroecology: a curated guide
Colin R. Anderson, Molly D. Anderson


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