Timeline

    Timeline

    2019

    17th – 22nd February 2019. IPC participation at the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the FAO in Rome. Social movements and support NGOs formed the IPC delegation.
    For the first time, the IPC WG on Agricultural Biodiversity included fisher folk, indigenous peoples and livestock breeder to its delegation, which usually counted exclusively on experts in plant genetic resources. The IPC participation at the CGRFA17 has been significantly important to continue the work started at the COP14 of the CBD. The new FAO strategy on biodiversity, the Action Plan on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, the discussion on DSI and the first ever State of World Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture are just some of the discussions.

    18th – 21st March 2019. IPC Fisheries Working Group in Rome (Italy).
    Following the mandate received from the COFI under the Global Strategic Framework in support of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines (SSF-GSF), the Working Group met to draw up the ToRs of the main bodies of the SSF-GSF and to define its work plan for the following months.

    8th – 12th April 2019. FAO Council, in Rome (Italy). Presentation of the FAO DG candidates and discussion on 10 elements of Agroecology

    20th – 25th May 2019. Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Farmers’ Rights, in Rome at the FAO HQ. The second meeting of the ad-hoc technical expert group on farmers’ rights finished without completing its mandate. The Governing Body of the ITPGRFA put the expert group in place in 2017, with the task to provide guidance for advancing the realization of peasants’ and Indigenous Peoples’ rights over seeds. These rights are recognized and guaranteed by the ITPGRFA, but implementation by States is lacking. The IPC will continue the struggle for the full realization of peasants’ and Indigenous peoples’ rights over seeds.

    27th – 29th May 2019. Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming. http://www.fao.org/3/ca3760en/ca3760en.pdf
    webcast link: http://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/4986/icode/
    The Launch has been be preceded by farmers’ knowledge exchange sessions and regional dialogues on priorities for the implementation of the Decade, open to the participation of representatives of the relevant stakeholders (Governments, Civil Society Organizations, producers’ organizations, Academia, and the Private Sector). The Global Launch presented the Global Action Plan http://www.fao.org/3/ca4672en/ca4672en.pdf

    30th – 31st May 2019. IPC Land and Territory-Workshop on fictionalization.
    The first part of the workshop was dedicated to a joint analysis of how fictionalization/rogue capitalism operates and penetrates in our territories. Following the presentations and discussion on concrete cases, there was an input on existing proposals for better regulation of global finance. Currently, there is little to no chance to regulate global finance in a comprehensive and adequate way. However, there are some proposals for measures that could serve as first steps to advance at global governance level.

    12th – 13th June 2019. FAO Digital Agriculture Transformation seminar: the Challenges to be addressed. http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/digital-agriculture-transformation/en/
    The IPC was represented in this two-days seminar by Marciano Da Silva, cooridantor of the IPC Working Group on Agricultural Biodiversity.

    17th – 21st June 2019. The Ninth Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on the improvement of the functioning of the Multilateral System of the ITPGRFA, held in Rome (Italy).  The IPC participated with a delegate, Guy Kastler, as expert. For the first time in five years, the discussions were not limited to the presentation of the positions of the various participants, but focused on the trade-offs that needed to be made to reach consensus.

    27th – 30th June 2019. CSOs DB Meeting-Tunisia

    24th – 29th June 2019. FAO Conference. Election of the FAO Director General

    10th –12th July 2019. Strengthening non-state actor (NSA) platforms and their representation at regional and global levels for sustainable small-scale fisheries in Kasane (Botswana). The development of sustainable small-scale fisheries is an integral part of the African Union Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (AU PF&RS – 2014).
    The IPC working Group participated in the workshop with 5 delegates from each of the African sub-regions to start to coordinate the global process of the Global Strategic Framework (GFS) in Support of the Implementation for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) with the African Union process and to have recognized Small Scale Fisheries organizations at the lead of the process of implementation of the SSF Guidelines beyond FAO in Rome. https://www.foodsovereignty.org/pan-african-workshop-on-strengthening-non-state-actors-nsa-platforms/

    16th –19th July 2019. IPC consultation on the contribution of the agriculture sector to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, held in Rome.
    The Working Group on Agricultural Biodiversity of the IPC for Food Sovereignty organized the civil society and producer’s organizations consultation on the contribution of the agriculture sector to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Crocevia facilitates the IPC WG on Agricultural Biodiversity.

    29th July –1st August 2019. Africa Region Training Workshop on Conservation and Sustainable Use of PGRFA and Farmers’ Rights, in Dakar (Senegal).
    A delegation of 10 IPC member organizations from the region participated at this training in Senegal, to ensure that Governments take IPC positions on Farmers’ Rights. The results of the regional consultation of Farmers’ Rights held in Mali in 2018 have been presented to Governments.

    5th –8th August 2019. Latin America and Caribbean Training Workshop on Conservation, Sustainable Use of PGRFA and Farmers’ Rights, in Montevideo (Uruguay). An IPC delegate, with the support of some Montevideo based members of the IPC participated at this workshop trying to raise the concerns of small-scale farmers on the protection of Farmers’ Rights.

    1st – 5th Semptember 2019. Towards Resilient and Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – Penang, Malaysia.
    https://www.worldfishcenter.org/events/fish-meeting-towards-resilient-and-equitable-small-scale-fisheries
    The initiative seeks to initiate the Knowledge Sharing Platform for the AG SSF GSF, give greater visibility to, and better coordination of, the efforts of multiple actors working towards these outcomes: non-government organizations, fisher non-state actor platforms, intergovernmental agencies and research organizations will identify and refine areas for complementarity and synergy in order to best support resilient SSF and inclusive ocean, water and landscape governance. The objective of this workshop is to design and launch a global initiative to support implementation of the ‘Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication’, ensuring the policy commitments, actions and investments made to support small-scale fisheries (SSF) around the globe successfully achieve common end goals in the areas of environmental management, food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, and equitable and good governance

    16th October 2019. IPC Facilitation Committee meets with Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    24th  –26th October 2019. Resumed Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to enhance the functioning of the Multilateral System, in Rome (Italy).
    The discussion of the extra session was mainly characterized by the stall of the negotiations on genetic information: developing countries strongly affirmed that accessing the genetic sequence data is equivalent to access physical PGRFA; while industrialized countries claimed that the Treaty does not refer to information, but only to physical material.
    The failure of the negotiations and the evident boycott in reaching a solution that recognizes the farmers and Indigenous Peoples’ rights on the PGRFA belonging to them is a demonstration of the importance of the Treaty and the many interests revolving around its “collapse”.

    11th –16th November 2019. Eight Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in Rome (Italy).  http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/eighth-governing-body/en/.
    Several IPC delegates participated to the Meeting (one from North America, two from Latin America and Caribbean, two from Europe, two from Middle East and North Africa, two from Asia and pacific, six from Africa); several NGOs participated and support them.
    Two were the main issues on the table: the enhancement of the benefit sharing provided by the Multilateral System and the effective implementation of Farmers’ Rights.
    During the GB meeting, states completely avoided the discussion on DSI. The African group, GRULAC and Middle East Group were supportive of the IPC positions and insisted in having in-depth discussions, but with no results. The US Chair kept the discussions on DSI as informal for the first three days and waited until Wednesday 13th to establish a contact group. That group was not well balanced at all: it was composed exclusively of two Contracting Parties per region, thus Africa, with more than 50 countries, had two representatives in the Contact Group, as did North America, composed solely of two countries.
    The outcomes (or their absence) show exactly the absence of discussion during the meeting:

    • The discussion on MLS and DSI have been frozen and no agreements have been found to continue the working group to enhance the Multilateral System (including payment rates).
    • Even if the members of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights added two places for farmers’ organizations (from 3 to 5 places, out of 43 members), the change is not significant and the mandate remained the same, without recognizing the problems we faces in the last two years.

    The Governing Body failed to protect Farmers’ Rights, by not taking any decision on the issue of DSI and on bio-piracy of PGRFA.

    15th – 17th November AG SSF GSF meeting
    The SSF-GSF Advisory Group met to refine its work plan, establish the criteria for cooperation with the other actors involved in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, and work on possible funding axes for future activities.

    18th – 21st November 2019. International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/sustainable-fisheries-symposium/en/
    The IPC Fisheries Working Group participated in the Symposium through its members part of the SSF-GSF Advisory Group. Among the various interventions made, we recall the participation of Editrudith Lukanga and Naseegh Jaffer as official panellists.

    20th – 22nd November 2019. 11th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Article 8j of the CBD, in Montreal (Canada). https://www.cbd.int/conferences/sbstta23-8j11/wg8j-11/documents.
    The IPC participated with three delegates (from International Indian Treaty Council and La Via Campesina).
    There is an urgent need to recognize and affirm the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas as a lens through which the Convention on Biodiversity should be implemented.
    The parties have to recognize that, despite the huge pressure of the rich countries and the private sector, it is impossible to separate Indigenous knowledge from what “western science” call genetic resources. Indigenous knowledge holders, farmers and food producers have the right to participate in the decision making processes and make vital contributions to impact global policies and decisions that affect all the indigenous people on themes such as climate change, food and seed sovereignty, sustainable development, cultural heritage and biodiversity based on the richness of our living cultures, Indigenous sciences and knowledge systems.

    25th – 29th November 2019. 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, in Montreal (Canada). https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-23.
    The IPC participated with the same delegation of the week before, giving continuity in the interventions and showing the importance of the presence of the IPC in the context of the CBD.
    The technical discussions evolved during the week. However, the peasant and Indigenous knowledge of the IPC delegation strongly claimed the defense of the rights of small-scale producers and the principles of food sovereignty.
    During the meeting, the IPC delegates had the opportunity to have a meeting with meeting with the Co-chairs of the working group on post-2020, the EU representative and the Chinese delegation in order to exchange on the issues of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the net COP15 of the CBD.

    2nd – 6th December 2019. FAO Council: IPC Secretariat attended to follow the discussion on 10 elements of the agroecology, Hand in hand initiative and Biodiversity mainstreaming. http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/council/cl163/documents/en

     9th – 11th December 2019. IPC Facilitation Committee and IPC Working Groups coordinators gather at Borgo di Tragliata to discuss and update the strategy and work plan agreed in the last IPC General Meeting (Cape Town 2018).

    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).

    March 2017. Last Workshop on the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF guidelines), held in Myanmar. It resulted in the recommendation of merge Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (called VGGT) and the SSF guidelines, to be used as a common tool of struggle at grassroots level.

    13th-17th March 2017. ITPGRFA – Multilateral System OEWG. The IPC Working Group on Agricultural Biodiversity participated with only one delegate – Guy Kastler – in the Sixth Meeting of the ad-hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System in the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

    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 JulyWorkshop 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 AugustInternational 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.

    2015

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

    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).

    2013

    January

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.