Rewriting the rules … to secure our future food

AfricanSmallholdersInFocusThe conference, Rewriting the Rules…to secure our future food, identified and proposed changes to some selected national and international rules and regulations that need to be “rewritten” if we are to secure future food supplies in ways that are socially and environmentally sustainable. Organised in the run up to World Food Day 2009, the event was held on 28 September 2009 in Dragon Hall, London. The conference was chaired by Prof. Elisabeth Dowler.


Geoff Tansey,
Joseph Rowntree Visionary and BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards best food campaigner 2008
Keynote address
Kerstin Lanje,
Senior Adviser World Trade and Food, Germanwatch and Hellen Yego, NGOMA
Removing the trade threats including those of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)
  • slides (pdf, 1.5mb)
  • audio – Kerstin Lanje (mp3, 2.4MB, 14 mins)
  • audio – Hellen Yago (mp3, 806kb, 4 mins)
Michel Pimbert,
Director Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Changing ‘models of production’
Saquina Filimone Mucavele,
ROSA, Mozambique (Rede de ONG’s/ Associações em Serviço da Agricultura e Segurança Alimentar)
Recognising and supporting rural women’s contribution
Julian Oram,
Head of Policy, World Development Movement (WDM)
Preventing speculation in food
Helen Rimmer,
Food Chain campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Changing livestock production and consumption
Patrick Mulvany,
Co-chair UKFG and Senior Policy Adviser, PracticalAction
Towards food sovereignty – changing access, and control of the food system

Additional resources:

UK Food Group, Hidden Threats An analysis of intellectual property rights in EU-ACP EPAs:
European NGOS members of CONCORD, Common position on the reform of the FAO Committee on Food Security (CFS)

This event was part of African smallholders in focus – a voice in EU trade policy, an EC funded consortium, dialogue-oriented, public advocacy project.