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A Long Food Movement: transforming food systems by 2045

A Long Food Movement: transforming food systems by 2045

This report from IPES-Food and ETC Group maps two diverging visions for the future of food systems: business-as-usual with high dependence on data platforms, private equity firms and AI-controlled farming systems, versus the “Long Food Movement” - a food system transformation led by civil society and social movements where the emphasis is on food sovereignty and agroecology. 

Within the “Long Food Movement” scenario - which the report argues in favour of - four pathways for food systems reform and transformation are examined:

  1. Rooting food systems in diversity, agroecology, and human rights.
  2. Transforming governance structures, for example by using food policy councils, deliberative dialogues, and other mechanisms to strengthen the participation of social movements, Indigenous peoples, and NGOs.
  3. Shifting financial flows such as research budgets, commodity subsidies and food and corporation taxes.
  4. Rethinking the modalities of civil society collaboration, for example by normalising cross-sectoral collaboration, monitoring corporate commodity chains, and financing food system transformation through new partnerships between donors and food movements.

Read the full report, A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045, here or here (PDF link). See also the Table explainer What is sustainable intensification?

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