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  • 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 6000 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* (paragraph) + 6 pillars of the synthesis report.

    IPC facilitates dialogue and debate among actors from civil society, governments and others actors in the field of Food Security and Nutrition, creating a space of discussion autonomous from political parties, institutions, governments and private sector.

    The legitimacy of IPC is based on the ability to voice the concerns and struggles that a wide variety of civil society organizations and social movements face in their daily practice of advocacy at local, sub-national, regional and global levels.

    All the positions or joint policy initiatives must be signed by the individual organizations, and each participant can only speak on behalf of its own organization, and not as a representative of a sector, geographic area or representing the network as a whole.

    The organizations participating at the international level to the IPC are:  La Via Campesina (LVC), World Forum of Fishers People (WFFP), World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers (WFF), World Alliance Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP), Mouvement International de la Jeunesse Agricole et Rurale Catholique (MIJARC), {The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations – (IUF)}, URGENCI, International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), World March of Womens and International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements (FIMARC).

    The IPC Regional Processes include organizations participating at the regional dimension as Roppa, Propac, Movimento Agro Ecologico Latino Americano, Enlaces Continentales Mujeres Indigena, Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas, Coordinadora de Organizaciones de productores Familiares del MERCOSUR (COPROFAM), Austrialian Food Sovereignty Alliance,  US Food Sovereignty Alliance.

    NGOs participate as active support for the above mentioned social movements. The main NGOs supporting the IPC are: FIAN, Friends of the Earth International, Centro Internazionale Crocevia, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.

     

  • The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) was officially set up in 2003 to react to the simplification of the question of agriculture focusing only on the export for the international markets, creating alliance and synergy between different movements in facing and dialoguing with the different governments and institutions From 2003, IPC has also had a more formal relationship with FAO, as established in a co-signed Exchange of Letters that stated the principles governing FAO-IPC relations and laid out a programme of work in four priority areas: the Right to Food, agro-ecological approaches to food production, local access to and control of natural resources, and agricultural trade and food sovereignty.

    FAO agreed to accept and apply the principles of civil society autonomy and self-organization and to take steps to enhance the institutional environment for relations with civil society, while the IPC acknowledged its responsibility of ensuring broad outreach to people’s organizations and social movements in all regions and facilitate their participation in policy dialogue.

    By building on this agreement during the last years, IPC strengthened its activities at the regional level and at the same time played a crucial role in facilitating participation of representatives of small food producers organisations at FAO Conference, Council, Committee on Commodity Problems , Committee on Fisheries , Committee on Forestry , Committee on Agriculture , Committee on World Food Security, Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) and Regional Conferences.

    Since its formalization in 2003, IPC has facilitated the participation of thousands representatives of small-scale food producers and Indigenous Peoples organizations in the FAO regional conferences and technical committees, where their voice were previously absent from these political forums.

    In particular, IPC has played a fundamental role in guaranteeing the effective participation of CSOs in the World Food Summit (WFS) (1996), the World Food Summit: five years later (WFS: fyl 2002), and the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development and (ICARRD, 2006).

    The IPC made a major contribution in 2004 to the formulation and adoption by the FAO Conference of Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food. IPC has participated in all negotiations for the renewal of CFS, as key player leading the recognition of small food producers organisations and other social movements as relevant actors in the CFS work and decisions and also worked on the proposal for the creation of the CSM, (Civil Society Mechanism) the representative body of CSOs for the CFS, as an original instrument to guarantee an effective and organised participation of CSO and social movement at the CFS work. Furthermore IPC has played a leadership role in the negotiation of the “Voluntary Guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security”.

    The CFS reform process has absorbed a lot of energy in order to involve all stakeholders and facilitate their participation. The IPC had a leading role in this process, providing a clear space for the interests of social movements and food sovereignty in the centre of the agenda, and working with regional and constituencies focal points to ensure comprehensive advice in the districts and regions Since the CFS began working independently, the IPC decided to redefine its own workspace outside the CFS, primarily in the FAO, but also other UN agencies, and in the territories: the IPC wants to build spaces where social organizations, and especially international and regional organizations of small food producers, can work together for the food sovereignty agenda and build an effective influence in FAO mission.

    For these reasons, the IPC has began to reorganize at regional level, making a clear distinction in the roles and responsibilities of organizations of small food producers organisations (who make decisions about initiatives and positions) and support NGOs (which play a supporting role).

    The IPC is putting new social movements in the first line: establish a Facilitation Committee, with political role, balanced in gender, regions and constituencies, with the support of a work team in Rome and confirming an IPC International Secretariat. In this way food producers organizations and social movements will be able to organize the IPC space and maintain their agenda at the centre of IPC initiatives.

    The IPC in 2013 is active through working groups established on agreed priorities. Current Working Groups are: “Land,” “Agricultural biodiversity,” “ Fisherfolk” , “rai“ “ agro-ecology”, “Indigenous Peoples” and “Pastoralists”. Support is also given to IPC members engaged in CSM work.

  • The main activities of the members of the IPC have included

    1995

    A group of NGOs/CSOs initiate a participatory process involving civil society and social movements in all regions to develop a separate strategy on issues of food and agriculture.

    1996

    Organization in Rome of the Forum on Food Security (Centro Internazionale Crocevia).

    NGOs/CSOs organise the Forum on Food Security, held in parallel to the World Food Summit, and launched the concept of food sovereignty.

    2000

    The formation of the IPC, as a result of the group of organizations that have hosted the 1996 Forum.

    52 CSOs and social movements of farmers gathered in the IPC to organise a lobby at the World Food Summit: five years later.

    2001

    Meetings for the NGO / CSO regional preparation for the World Food Summit: five years later.

    Dialogue with Member States in FAO regions.

    Recommendations for ongoing cooperation with FAO.

    The draft NGO/CSO position and draft Political Declaration of Civil Society for the World Food Summit: five years later have been discussed and developed in a process that involved more than 2,000 CSOs and social movements worldwide.

    2002

    8-13 June. Forum for Food Sovereignty, Rome.

    More than 600 organizations, mainly from the global South, were directly involved.

    It has been approved the program and defined the priorities of the four questions posed in 1996.

    2003

    Mandate of the IPC to facilitate the implementation of the Programme of Action, agreed 2003 IPC agreement with the Director General of FAO.

    FAO is committed to working with the IPC as the focal point for civil society in the implementation of the follow up to the World Food Summit: five years later and the Forum for Food Sovereignty.

    A work programme was agreed in the four priority areas of the Programme of Action of the IPC.

    April. Small-scale agroecological food production: a joint FAO-IPC established a working group to strengthen the capacity of FAO to provide a policy and technical guidance to national agroecology.

    IPC organized pressure groups and committees civil society side events of the FAO and the FAO Conference.

    2004

    Regional Organization Social Movements / NGOs / CSOs in collaboration with the FAO Regional Conferences organized civil society consultations in Africa (Johannesburg), Latin America (Guatemala), Wescana (Doha), Asia (Beijing) and Europe (Montpellier).

    The implementation of the Action Program in the world continues.

    Voluntary Guidelines on the right to food approved by Members of FAO.

    Right to Food: a group of NGOs / CSOs have actively participated in the Voluntary Guidelines for the progressive implementation of the right to food. NGOs / CSOs involved in national legislation and food programs in many countries. Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food adopted by FAO member countries in September 2004, thanks to the action of CSOs and effective lobbying

    2005

    Organizations involved in FAO technical committees (fishing, commodities, agriculture, genetic resources, global food security).

    The IPC continues to support the programme for Food Sovereignty in the regions and internationally: Caravan for Food Sovereignty in Asia, workshops on food sovereignty and GMOs in Amman, Tunis, Porto Alegre, the IPC General Assembly in November.

    The IPC assists with NGOs / CSOs / social movements for the preparation of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, which was identified as a crucial struggle in the 1996 forum.

    2006

    January. IPC members participated in the World Social Forum in Bamako (Mali) and in the organization of a seminar on agrarian reform.

    12-16 March. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Hanoi (Vietnam);

    26-30 March. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Buenos Aires (Argentina);

    17-20 April. Participation of CSOs in the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Baku (Azerbaijan);

    23-27 April. Participation of CSOs in the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Brazzaville (Congo);

    14-18 May. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), Rome (Italy).

    Facilitating Social Movements / NGOs / CSOs Parallel to the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia.

    Organization of a Forum “Land, Territory and Dignity”, which was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 6-10 March 2006. The IPC has facilitated the participation of about 400 delegates at the Forum and representatives of 125 organizations in 60 countries worldwide.

    Special Forum at the 32nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS, FAO, Rome, 30-31 October 2006), which conducted the mid-term review of progress in implementing the World Summit Plan Food. The IPC has facilitated the participation of over 150 representatives.

    2007

    27 February. The IPC Management Committee and International coordinated the Forum for Food Sovereignty “Nyéléni 2007”, in Bamako (Mali). The IPC has been the lead facilitator to involve several groups (fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and pastoralists) and regions (Africa WESCANA) Forum. Over 500 delegates attended the Forum from 80 countries.  They wrote a declaration on food sovereignty, which is still today the main definition. To see all the declaration, access to the link:  https://nyeleni.org/spip.php?article290.

     

    The IPC facilitates the participation of social organizations technical committees FAO Fisheries (COFI), products (CCP), Agriculture (COAG), Food Security (CFS), Genetic Resources (CGRFA & ITPGRFA). Several events / seminars also include the ICC as an organizer or facilitates participation in: “Economic Partnership Agreements: working together for regional integration and food sovereignty” in the CCP, “small-scale fisheries and food security” in COFI.

    Facilitate the participation of representatives of farmers’ organizations and NGOs in the European Conference on Rural Development held in Berlin in June.

    29 August – 7 September. Organization of “Livestock Diversity Forum”, held in Interlaken, Switzerland, in parallel with the first International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources, Interlaken, Switzerland. The IPC has facilitated the participation of 30 organizations of farmers, indigenous and peasant organizations in both events, and coordinated the Forum in collaboration with the League of Pastoral Peoples and SwissAid.

    Organization of a seminar preparing and facilitating the participation of farmers and indigenous peoples in the 2nd meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held in Rome in October.

    The organization of the annual meeting of the IPC and participation in the General Conference of the FAO in Rome in November.

    2008

    12-16 March. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Hanoi (Vietnam);

    26-30 March. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Buenos Aires (Argentina);

    17-20 April. Participation of CSOs in the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Baku (Azerbaijan);

    23-27 April. Participation of CSOs in the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Brazzaville (Congo);

    14-18 May. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), Rome (Italy).

    Organization of Rome “Terra Preta: Forum on the food crisis, climate change, agrofuels and food sovereignty” parallel to the “High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy” at FAO . The IPC has facilitated the participation of over 150 delegates and observers at the Forum and some 50 official observers to the Conference. Several press conferences were held.

    The Working Group on the Right to Food IPC participation in the FAO Committee on World Food Security.

    11-13 October 2008. The IPC facilitated the participation of representatives of fishermen’s organizations in the World Conference on fishing (4SSF), Bangkok, Thailand organized by FAO.

    15-17 December. The IPC also facilitate the participation of civil society organizations at the International Conference of the FAO – Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa – Challenges of Climate Change to be held in Sirte, Libya.

    2009

    The CFS (2009) recognizes that: “The society organizations and NGOs and networks with relevant actions in the field of food and nutrition security, particularly organizations representing farmers, family farmers, small-scale fisher peoples, pastoralists, landless, urban poor, agricultural workers, women, youth, consumers, indigenous and non-governmental organizations whose mandate and activities are in areas of interest to the Committee have a crucial role and participation in the work of the CFS should continue”.

    (CFS, 2009) – Prepare the regional consultation meetings on voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources. – Contribution to the definition of objectives and possible decisions of the World Summit on Food Security, 16, 17 and 18 November 2009 and implementation of a CSO forum

    2010

    12-16 March. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Hanoi (Vietnam);

    26-30 March. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Buenos Aires (Argentina);

    17-20 April. Participation of CSOs in the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Baku (Azerbaijan);

    23-27 April. Participation of CSOs in the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Brazzaville (Congo);

    14-18 May. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), Rome (Italy).

    Zero draft proposal on functioning of the CSM – Mobilising social organizations in participating at CFS.

    October: Annual Meeting of the UN/CFS, the IPC draws attention to the issue of food price volatility, which is included in the agenda.

    The involvement and support to CSOs involved in the CFS Bureau and in the Advisory Group.

    Promotion of the definition of an overall strategic framework (GSF), which must be approved by the CFS.

    2011

    30 May – 1 June. Organization of the first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the CSM and political seminars, Cordoba (Spain)

    Participation of civil society in the process of developing voluntary guidelines to ensure the sustainability of small-scale fisheries (IG-SSF). After meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008, following COFI (28th and 29th sessions) and as regional consultations under the auspices of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) and the Global Forum for Fish Harvesters and Fish workers (WFF), the civil society actors in the artisanal fisheries are more involved in the process IG SSF. In this action, they are looking for support, FAO and other sources, to enable them to contribute to the effective development of voluntary guidelines on securing sustainable small-scale fisheries (VG-4SSF) whose approval is expected by July 2014 (COFI 31).

    Negotiation on the “Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security “in the CFS.

    2012

    12-16 March. Participation of CSOs in the 31st FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Hanoi (Vietnam);

    10-11 March. FAO-CSOs Parallel Consultation, Hanoi (Vietnam). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/bodies/APRC_31/CSO_Statement.pdf.

    26-30 March. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Buenos Aires (Argentina);

    22-25 March. 3rd FAO/LARC-CSOs Consultation, Buenos Aires (Argentina). CSOs Statement (only in Spanish): http://www.mocase.org.ar/2012/03/por-un-presente-y-futuro-sin-hambre-es.html

    17-20 April. Participation of CSOs in the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Baku (Azerbaijan);

    15-17 April. FAO/ERC-CSOs Consultation, Baku (Azerbaijan). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/bodies/ERC_28/ERC_CSO_Declaration_en.pdf.

    23-27 April. Participation of CSOs in the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Brazzaville (Congo).

    11 May. Adoption of Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, during the 38th (special) session of CFS.

    30 May – 1 June. Organization of the first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the CSM and political seminars, Cordoba (Spain).

    July-September. CSOs’ consultation on “New FAO strategy in collaboration with civil society”, coordinated by the IPC for Food Sovereignty.

    18 October. CFS 39 side event named “Genetic Resources, Farmers’ Seeds and Food Security: access and control of natural resources for Food Sovereignty”; it has been organized in collaboration between Centro Internazionale Crocevia, IPC for Food Sovereignty and Civil Society Mechanism (CSM).

    Global meeting to discuss how to reorganize the functioning of the IPC.

    2013

    2014

    10-14 March. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Ulaanbataar (Mongolia);

    8-9 March. FAO/APRC-CSOs Consultation, Ulaanbataar (Mongolia). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/bodies/APRC_32/cso_statement.pdf.

    6-9 May. Participation of CSOs in the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Santiago del Chile (Chile);

    4-5 May. 4th FAO/LARC-CSOs Consultation, Santiago del Chile (Chile). CSOs Statement: page 13 (APPENDIX C) of the following link : http://www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/030/mk390e.pdf.

    1-4 April. Participation of CSOs in the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Bucharest (Romania);

    29-30 March. FAO/ERC-CSOs Consultation, Bucharest (Romania). CSOs Statement: http://www.foodsovereignty.org/declaration-civil-society-organizations-29th-fao-regional-conference-europe-central-asia/.

    24-28 March. Participation of CSOs in the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Tunis (Tunisia);

    21-22 March. FAO/ARC-CSOs Consultation, Tunis (Tunisia). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/030/mj955E.pdf.

    24-28 February. Participation of CSOs in the 32nd FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), Rome (Italy).

    2015

    December. The Fisheries WG obtained a grant from IFAD to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

    2016

     

     

     

     

     

    15-17 February. IPC WG on Agriculture Biodiversity and the WG on Agroecology jointly participated in The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food System and Nutrition at FAO HQ, in Rome.

    22 February. The IPC WG on Fisheries, with the support of the FAO/ Fisheries department (FIPI), organized a first meeting with the CSOs representatives to “rethinking the Global Assistance Programme (GAP)”.

    29 February-03 March. Participation of CSOs in the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC), Mexico City (Mexico);

    19-20 March. 5th FAO/LARC-CSOs Consultation, Panama City (Panama). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/3/a-bc903e.pdf.

    7-11 March. Participation of CSOs in the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), Putrajaya (Malaysia);

    5-6 March. FAO/APRC-CSOs Consultation, Selangor, (Malaysia). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/3/a-mq203e.pdf.

    21 March. India national workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process. https://sites.google.com/site/ssfguidelines/home/india-national-workshop-on-capacity-building-for-the-implementation-of-ssf-guidelines.

    4-8 April. Participation of CSOs in the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC), Abidjan (Ivory Coast);

    1-2 April. FAO/ARC-CSOs Consultation, Abidjan (Ivory Coast). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/bodies/Regional_Conferences_2016/ARC_29/Declaration_by_CSO_to_the_29th_ARC.pdf.

    20-21 April. IPC WG on Land participated to the capacity building workshops on the Tenure Guidelines in Bogotà, Colombia (project with FAO).

    4-6 May. IPC WG on Land participated to the capacity building workshops on the Tenure Guidelines in Cape Town, South Africa (project with FAO).

    4-6 May. Participation of CSOs in the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC), Antalya (Turkey);

    2-3 May. FAO/ERC-CSOs Consultation, Antalya (Turkey). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/reu/europe/documents/Events2016/ERC/CFS_decl_en.pdf.

    9-13 May. Participation of CSOs in the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), Rome (Italy).

    7-9 April. FAO/NERC-CSOs Consultation, Beirut (Lebanon). CSOs Statement: http://www.fao.org/3/a-mr027e.pdf.

    30 May. Thailand Sub-Regional workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process. https://sites.google.com/site/ssfguidelines/thailand.

    10-11 June. IPC Meeting in Rome, at “Città dell’Altra Economia”. It reunited all coordinators and facilitators of different WGs.

    13 June. Capacity building workshops on the Tenure Guidelines in Guatemala (project with FAO).

    14 June. The IPC WG on Land participated in the capacity building workshops on the Tenure Guidelines in Myanmar (project with FAO).

    24 June. Publication of the People’s Manual on the Tenure Guidelines in English, French and Spanish, including 4000 printed copies (currently being distributed). To access the manual, see: http://www.foodsovereignty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/peoplesmanual.pdf.

    2 July. WG on Land met in Rome to discuss the civil society monitoring report on the Tenure Guidelines for the CFS and to prepare (and participate to) the evaluation of the capacity building project with IFAD.

    4-5 July. Workshop on the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems. The IPC WG on Trade and Markets facilitated the participation of small-scale food producers.

    7-8 July. Evaluation of Regional Consultations, held in conjunction with FAO Regional Conferences, at the FAO HQ, in Rome.

    9 July. User Right Meeting between CSOs and FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, in Rome at “Città dell’Altra Economia”.

    11-15 July. Fisherfolk representatives attended the Thirty-second session of the Committee of Fisheries (COFI), at the FAO HQ, in Rome.

    13 July. Brazil national workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process. https://sites.google.com/site/ssfguidelines/brazil.

    15 July. Nicaragua Sub-Regional workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process.https://sites.google.com/site/ssfguidelines/home/Nicaragua

    16 July. At the end of the COFI week, a first meeting between CSOs and NGOs was organized in FAO to discuss about further collaboration on SSF Implementation.

    17-18 July. Capacity building workshops on the Tenure Guidelines in Nepal (project with FAO).

    18 July. Ecuador national workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process.

    24 August. Pakistan national workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process.

    29-31 August. International Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, in Kunming (China).

    1 September. Tanzania national workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process.

    26-30 September. The IPC WG on Agricultural Biodiversity, jointly with the WG on Agroecology participated in the 25th Session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG), at the FAO HQ in Rome.

    27-30 September. Farmers’ Rights Global Consultation for the ITPGRFA, Bali (Indonesia).

    22 October. IPC Secretariat participated at the meeting on the Platform for Technology Transfer in Vienna, Austria.

    24 October. IPC fisheries WG, thanks to the IFAD grant, developed a web page on the implementation process, with the updates on the workshops and ongoing international processes. https://sites.google.com/site/ssfguidelines/home.

    24-25 October. The IPC Secretariat participated to the Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in Vienna (Austria).

    24-27 October. FAO workshop at FAO HQ in Rome, on the “Human rights-based approach to the implementation and monitoring of the SSF Guidelines”, with the participation of CSOs representatives.

    26-30 October. The Second Forum of the Nyéléni European Movement for Food Sovereignty, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

    21 November. The IPC WG on Agroecology signed a new LoA with the FAO, called Strengthening coordination and representation of the views and priorities of rural youth in global governance mechanisms within the auspices of FAO, and stockaging on the main outcomes of the FAO Seminars on Agroecology for the join identification of work plan for follow up between FAO and Civil Society.

    24-25 November. The IPC WG on Agroecology participated in the regional symposium on Agroecology, which took place in Budapest (Hungary).

    28-30 Noveber. FAO workshop at FAO HQ in FAO, on the Gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the context of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, with the participation of CSOs representatives.

    10 December. FAO workshop in Mauritius, on the SSF guidelines and its implementation process, with the participation of CSOs representatives.

    19 December. Uganda Sub-Regional workshop on SSF Guidelines and the state of its implementation process.

    2017

    30 January-3 February. The IPC WG on Agricultural Biodiversity participated in the 16th Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA16)at the FAO HQ, in Rome.

    13-17 March. The IPC WG on Agricultural Biodiversity participated in the Sixth Meeting of the ad-hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).