Food and agriculture:

Stakeholders and issues


Food and agriculture: stakeholders and issues

Food and agricultural policies help to orient the national, regional and global food systems. They result from the interaction of a set of stakeholders who each seek to defend their interests or those of their allies. The degree of influence of each stakeholder on the resulting policies depends on their capacity to influence as well as on the institutional framework, at national, regional and global level, within which policies are being formulated.

The main stakeholders involved are:

  1. -The states and their various organisations

  2. -International and regional intergovernmental organisations

  3. -National and international Civil Society (professional organisations - including private sector, NGOs and lobbies)

  4. -Multinational corporations whose importance has been growing over the last decades

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The main issues that have mobilised stakeholders in the past include:

  1. -natural ressources (land, water, forests and genetic resources)

  2. -International trade of agricultural commodities

  3. -Food quality and safety

  4. -Exclusion

  5. -Food, environment and health

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Materne Maetz

(January 2013)

Last update:    September 2013


  1. -The states and their organisations

  2. -International and regional organisations

  3. -Civil Society

  4. -Multinational corporations


  1. -Climate change and food and agriculture

  2. -land

  3. -water

  4. -forests

  5. -genetic resources

  6. -International trade

  7. -food quality and safety

  8. -exclusion

  9. -food, environment and health

  10. -Local sustainable food systems

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