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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

    • 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

    Organization in Rome, the Forum on Food Security (Crocevia)

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

    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 (WFS:fyl).

    Meetings for the NGO / CSO regional preparation for the WFS: 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 WFS: fyl been discussed and developed in a process that involves more than 2,000 CSOs and social movements worldwide

    8-13 June 2002 Forum for Food Sovereignty, Rome

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

    • approved program and defining the priorities of the four questions posed in 1996.

    • Mandate of the IPC to facilitate the implementation of the Programme of Action, agreed 2003 IPC agreementwith 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 WFS: fyl and the Forum for Food Sovereignty.

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

    • 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 (April 2003).

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

    • 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

    • 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.

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

    • Bamako, Mali, in January: IPC members participated in the World Social Forum in Bamako and the organization of a seminar on agrarian reform. participation in the steering committee of Nyéléni 2007: Forum for Food Sovereignty, held in Mali in February

    • 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.

    • Other events in which IPC has provided Social Movements / NGOs / CSOs: FAO Regional Conferences in Asia (Jakarta) and Europe (Riga).

    • The IPC Management Committee and International coordinated the Forum for Food Sovereignty “Nyéléni 2007”. The IPC has been the lead facilitator to involve several groups (fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and pastoralists) and regions (Africa WESCANA) Forum. The Forum was attended by over 500 delegates from 80 countries.

    • 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

    • Organization of “Livestock Diversity Forum”, held in Interlaken, Switzerland, in parallel with the first International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources, Interlaken, Switzerland, August 29 to September 7. 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

    • Facilitation of Social Movements / NGOs / CSOs Parallel to the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia

    • 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

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

    • 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, December 15 to 17

    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.

    (CSA, 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

    – Conference Support Regional FAO / NGOs-CSOs Regional;

    – 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

    – Organization of the first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the CSM and political seminars, May 30-June 1, 2011, 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 COFIS (28 and 29) 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

    1) The participation of CSOs in the FAO Regional Conferences

    2) CSA 39 adverse events, “genetic resources, seeds, agriculture and food security”

    3) The consultation of CSOs in “New FAO strategy in collaboration with civil society”, coordinated by the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

    4) The participation of civil society, members of the CIP in the activities of the CSA, A CSM and the Office AG

    5) Reorganize the functioning of the CIP

    6) The adoption of voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security

    7) On IPC Initiative: implementation of voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security

    The IPC in 2013 is active through working groups established on agreed priorities. Current Working Groups are: “Land,” “ Agricultural biodiversity,” “ Fisherfolk” , “rai“ “ agro-ecology and, as soon as possible , “Indigenous Peoples” and “Pastoralists”.

    The Land working group is conducting a global plan of action for the implementation of the Voluntaries Guidelines at national level.

    The working group on agricultural biodiversity is working on global governance of agricultural biodiversity, with a special focus on farmers’ seeds.

    The working group for the fisherfolk is working on the Zero Draft of FAO Guidelines on small-scale fisheries.