Power Relationships/Food Systems – Power relationships within food systems (Chatham House)

Chatham House writes: This session brings together stakeholders, or rather ‘rightsholders’, who represent different parts of power structures within food systems; from farmers and indigenous peoples to governments and civil society. Panellists consider the role of power (and its increasing consolidation) in influencing people’s lived realities, and how it may constrain the realisation of each person’s full capacity (e.g. through limiting access to nutrition, or income). They also address the processes that shape power relationships as a key route to identifying how they can be changed to create greater equality. This is an official UN Food Systems Pre-Summit event co-organised by Chatham House and Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India).


Jay Naidoo, former Founding Trustee, Earthrise Trust; and former Chairman, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Nitya Rao, Director, Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development, University of East Anglia

Ertharin Cousin, Founder and CEO at Food Systems for the Future; Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; and Co-Chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems

Sylvia Mallari, Global Co-Chairperson, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

Chair: Professor Tim Benton, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House

Chair: Ajay Vir Jakhar, Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India)

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