11 June 2021 – 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)

Christophe Béné, MAK’IT 2020-2021 Fellow, is pleased to invite you to the seminar: 

‘The Political Economy of food systems transformation and why the Great Transformation may not happen’

The food system ‘Great Transformation’ refers to the systemic changes that will need to happen in the next two decades to lead our food systems toward full sustainability. Drawing on different elements of political economy, we argue in this seminar that, unless several self-reinforcing dynamics inherent to the current food systems and their governance are tackled together in a global and prescriptive manner, there are serious risks that the Great Transformation will not happen. Based on these analyses, we identify pathways to move the systems passed its current locks-in and steer it toward its long-awaited sustainable transformation. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with a group of international experts.


Christophe Béné, Senior Researcher on Policy Analysis International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Koen Deconinck,Economist/Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Eve Fouilleux, Research director, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS), University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Preetmoninder Lidder, Technical Adviser to the Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Sonja Vermeulen, Director of Programs at the CGIAR System Organization

Introduction & Moderation

Patrick Caron, Director of MAK’IT