Stop the corporate hijack of the 2021 World Food Systems Summit!

As of 15 May 2020, a total of 148 organizations from 28 countries and seven advocates have supported this sign-on statement. This was sent to concerned UN offices such as the Committee on World Food Security and officials including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri. For individuals and organizations that would like to join the list of signatories, kindly email us at secretariat@foodsov.org with your name and organization.

We, civil society organizations, grassroots groups and advocates for the welfare of marginalized sectors, call for the revocation of the 2019 Strategic Partnership  between the United Nations (UN) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its implications for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We express our grave concerns with regard to the WEF’s opportunism in attempting to influence the processes and outcome of the 2021 World Food Systems Summit (WFSS) through this partnership. The WEF – an organized global platform in which the world’s corporate giants, plutocrats and heads of states converge to promote the corporate agenda in the guise of “improving the state of the world” – aims to cement its dictate through the recalibration of our food systems and agriculture. By positioning themselves as indispensable actors in accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, they are, in reality, attempting to further their own interests in amassing super profits. A clear indication of this is their financing of the 2030 Agenda as the first area of focus specified in the UN-WEF strategic partnership framework and the appointment of an agribusiness representative as the Special Envoy for the Summit.

We reject this corporate hijacking of the 2021 WFSS. The WEF will exploit the Summit to streamline neoliberal globalization, which it has espoused for the past 50 years. It is the perfect venue to push for the role of “Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies” to transform food systems, which the WEF has been championing since 2017. A corporate-led WFSS would be a great advantage to the political elites and corporate billionaires, enabling them to pose hypocritically as responsible entities that promote healthier diets and climate action.

We therefore urge the UN to rescind the involvement of the WEF in the WFSS. We recognize the Summit’s potential for decisively addressing the structural issues hounding our food systems and agriculture, but the change we envision is impossible to achieve so long as the WEF is involved. It would mean that global inequality and corporate monopoly would be sidetracked rather than confronted as the root causes of perennial hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty in the world.

Lastly, we appeal for inclusivity. The sidelined and marginalized sectors in society – the poor farmers, workers, Indigenous Peoples, herders, pastoralists, fisherfolks, urban poor, women, Dalits, and youth – should replace these corporate moguls in shaping the Summit’s proceedings and reforms. Their demands, interests and welfare should set the tone and direction of the Summit’s declarations. People’s rights should take center stage in the 2021 WFSS.

For a truly inclusive transformation of food systems! ###

Signatories (this list is regularly updated):

Global/International

  1. People’s Coaliton on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)
  2. Youth for Food Sovereignty
  3. IBON International
  4. International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
  5. Dayak International Organization
  6. Global Forest Coalition
  7. International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (MIJARC)
  8. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations

Regional

  1. Asian Peasant Coalition
  2. Asia Pacific Research Network
  3. Arab Group for the Protection of Nature, WANA
  4. Arab Network for Food Sovereignty, WANA
  5. PAN Asia Pacific
  6. PCFS Europe
  7. Eastern & Southern Africa Farmers’ Forum

National:

  1. Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), Indonesia
  2. Alin Ein Development, Myanmar
  3. All Bangla Fishermen’s Association, Bangladesh
  4. All Nepal Agriculture Workers’ Association
  5. All Nepal Agro-Forest Peasants’ Association
  6. All Nepal Bee-Keeping Peasants’ Association
  7. All Nepal Cardamom Producer Peasants’ Association
  8. All Nepal Cereal Producer Peasants’ Association
  9. All Nepal Coffee Farmers’ Association
  10. All Nepal Dairy Farmers’ Association
  11. All Nepal Dalit and Landless Peasants’ Association
  12. All Nepal Fish Farmers’ Association
  13. All Nepal Fruit Farmers’ Association
  14. All Nepal Ginger-Turmeric Producer Peasants’ Association
  15. All Nepal Herb Producer Peasants’ Association
  16. All Nepal Irrigation-Water Users’ Association
  17. All Nepal Livestock Farmers’ Association
  18. All Nepal Mushroom Farmers’ Association
  19. All Nepal Nursery and Floriculture Peasants’ Association
  20. All Nepal Nut Farmers’ Association
  21. All Nepal Peasants’ Federation
  22. All Nepal Potato Producer Peasants’ Association
  23. All Nepal Poultry Farmers’ Association
  24. All Nepal Rubber Farmers’ Association
  25. All Nepal Spice Producers Peasants’ Association
  26. All Nepal Sugarcane Farmers’ Association
  27. All Nepal Tea Producer Peasants’ Association
  28. All Nepal Vegetable Farmers’ Association
  29. All Nepal Women Peasants’ Association
  30. Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women, Philippines
  31. Andra Pradesh Agricultural Workers Union (APVVU), India
  32. Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation
  33. Bangladesh Krishok Federation
  34. Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge
  35. Cambodia’s Independent Civic-Servant Association
  36. Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur
  37. Centre for Human Rights & Development, Mongolia
  38. Chama District Women’s Development Association, Zambia
  39. Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Communities, Cambodia
  40. Community Medicine Development Foundation, Philippines
  41. Confederación Agrosolidaria Colombia
  42. Council for People’s Development and Governance, Philippines
  43. Ducho Nutrition Services, Nigeria
  44. Equipo Comunitario de Ladera por la Promocion de la Vida y la Salud, Colombia
  45. Farmer Affairs Network, Burma
  46. Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal
  47. Federation of Kirant Indigenous Associations Nepal
  48. Food Coalition of Mongolia
  49. Food Security Network (Khani), Bangladesh
  50. Front Mahasiswa Nasional, Indonesia
  51. Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform, Palestine
  52. Global Institute for Youth Development, Philippines
  53. Global Justice Ecology Project, USA
  54. Gwanda Community Economic Justice Development Trust, Zimbabwe
  55. Institute for National and Democracy Studies, Indonesia
  56. Instituto Politécnico Tomás Katari, Bolivia
  57. Janawaboda Kendraya, Sri Lanka
  58. Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum
  59. Kerala Agricultural Workers Union (KVVU), India
  60. Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Philippines
  61. Labour Resource Center, Bangladesh
  62. Land Research Center, Palestine
  63. Magsasaka at Siyentipiko sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura, Philippines
  64. Metta Development Foundation, Myanmar
  65. Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc., Philippines
  66. Moningolig Pogun Tokou, Sabah
  67. Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform, Sri Lanka
  68. National Agricultural Workers Forum, India
  69. National Alliance of Social Security, India
  70. National Centre for Labour, India
  71. National Federation of Sugar Workers, Philippines
  72. National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Sri Lanka
  73. National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates – Youth, Philippines
  74. National Women Farmers & Workers Association, Bangladesh
  75. N’gombe Na Mahindi campaign (N’goma campaign), Kenya
  76. Oasis Environmental Management and Healthy Watch, Zambia
  77. Participatory Research Action Network, Bangladesh
  78. Pemuda Baru, Indonesia
  79. Peoples Culture Collective, Sri Lanka
  80. Ponlok Khmer, Cambodia
  81. Rainbow Homes Program-ARUN, India
  82. Real Food Systems, Nepal
  83. Resistance and Alternatives to Globalization, Indonesia
  84. Rural Women’s Assembly, Namibia
  85. Serikat Perempuan, Indonesia
  86. Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya, Philippines
  87. Society for Rural Education and Development, India
  88. Society for Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Nepal
  89. Sojhla for Social Change, Pakistan
  90. Struggle to Economize Future Environment, Cameroon
  91. Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda
  92. Tamil Nadu Women’s Forum, India
  93. Tenaganita (Women’s Force), Malaysia
  94. Tengala Agricultural Workers Union (TVVU), India
  95. Unión Latinoamericana de Técnicos Rurales y Agrarios, Argentina
  96. Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Philippines
  97. Vikalpani Women’s Federation, Sri Lanka
  98. Visura Youth Media Team, Sri Lanka
  99. Witness Radio Organisation, Uganda 
  100. Youth for Change Initiative, Nigeria
  101. Youth Peasants’ Organisation, Nepal
  102. Zambia Social Forum, Zambia

Local:

  1. AGRA City of Kupang, Indonesia
  2. AGRA Province of Banten, Indonesia
  3. AGRA Province of Central Java, Indonesia
  4. AGRA Province of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  5. AGRA Province of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
  6. AGRA Province of East Java, Indonesia
  7. AGRA Province of Lampung, Indonesia
  8. AGRA Province of Riau, Indonesia
  9. AGRA Province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  10. AGRA Province of West Java, Indonesia
  11. AGRA Province of West Kalimantan, Indonesia
  12. AGRA Province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
  13. AGRA Regency of Bandung, Indonesia
  14. AGRA Regency of Bulukumba, Indonesia
  15. AGRA Regency of Buol, Indonesia
  16. AGRA Regency of Central Lombok, Indonesia
  17. AGRA Regency of Donggala, Indonesia
  18. AGRA Regency of East Lombok, Indonesia
  19. AGRA Regency of Garut, Indonesia
  20. AGRA Regency of Kandis, Indonesia
  21. AGRA Regency of Mesuji, Indonesia
  22. AGRA Regency of Ogan Komeling Ilir, Indonesia
  23. AGRA Regency of Sigi, Indonesia
  24. Cebu Farmers Market, Philippines
  25. Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, Philippines
  26. Central Visayas Farmers Development Center, Philippines
  27. Community Health Education, Services, and Training in the Cordillera Region, Philippines
  28. Health, Education and Services for the Less Privileged (HELP)-Panay, Inc., Philippines
  29. Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan, Philippines
  30. Samahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Batangas, Philippines
  31. Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc., Philippines

Individuals

  • Narasimha Reddy Donthi, public policy expert, India
  • Hellen Yego, farmer-leader, Kenya
  • Ang Cheatlom, development consultant on land and forest issues and on rights of Indigenous and local communities, Cambodia
  • Juana Vera Delgado, agricultural engineer and expert on sustainable rural development and gender, Netherlands
  • Biswa Mohan, independent development practitioner, India
  • Ruth Kruger, independent researcher working in sustainability science and energy justice, South Africa
  • Julie Ward, co-chairperson of Urban Economy Forum & former member of the European Parliament, UK

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18 replies to “Stop the corporate hijack of the 2021 World Food Systems Summit!”

  1. HELLEN YEGO. says:

    Hi, as Farmers,we add our voice to rejecting these skirms of UN and multunationals.
    We have deliberately promoted the use of our own seed in food production, in order to overcome dependencey on hybrid seeds that rob use of our sovereignty..

    1. In support of this statement!

  2. We support the statement

  3. Orly E. Marcellana says:

    The Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid ng Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA TK), the regional federation of peasants and fiherfolks in Southern Tagalog supports this campaign. We would like to be a signatory.Thank you!

  4. Burnadfatima Natesan says:

    Society for Rural education and development support the statement.

  5. Shanthi. G says:

    Tamil Nadu Women forum support the statement.

  6. Apoyamos la declaración

  7. Ang Cheatlom says:

    I strongly support this statement. The world shall be equal to everyone. The people shall be exploited but we shall benefits.

  8. We, the COMMUNITIES FOR ALTERNATIVE FOOD ECOSYSTEMS INITIATIVE (CAFEi) and the CEBU FARMERS MARKET, based in Cebu, Philippines join you in eradicating all forms, structures and processes that promote corporate hijacking of the rights of smallholder farmers, seed savers, food preparers and consumers. Protect our food sovereignty now.

  9. we support the statement.
    Centre for Human Rights & Development, Mongolia

    Food Coalition of Mongolia

  10. Juana Vera Delgado says:

    I support. Definitivamente, no debemos tolerar la ususrpación de nuestros derechos a la soberanía alimentaria pot las transnacionales del sistema de alimentos

  11. The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc., a non-government organization based in Cebu City, actively supports this statement. We work with people’s organizations in Cebu and Bohol to promote primary health care and deliver basic health services to marginalized communities.

  12. Kamal Kumar Rai says:

    Could you please list us on the sign on the Stop the corporate hijack of the 2021 World Food Systems Summit!

    Indigenous Agricultural system is important for food and culture, livelihood for us
    Federation of Kirant Indigenous Associations, SWBC Nepal

  13. International catholic Rural and agricultural Youth movement we support the statement

  14. Food Security Sovereignty and Nutrition FSSN is enshrined in the UN Committee on Food Security CFS and the freedom should be upheld

  15. Health, Education and Services for the Less Privileged (HELP)-Panay, Inc says:

    HELP Panay, Inc. support the statement…

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