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How We Work

Cici Riesmasari

The needs of those who form the backbone of the food system – low-income consumers, producers, traders, processers and vendors – are rarely factored into policy decisions. This often results in mismatches between policy and local priorities. Citizen action is vital for tackling this marginalisation. That’s why all of our work takes a bottom-up approach involving a range of stakeholders.

From Citizen Action to Multi-actor Initiatives

Our programme empowers citizens, and civil society at large, to amplify their voices in local and (inter)national food policy debates. Evidence generated by citizens, especially women, will allow them to communicate their ideas, concerns and aspirations directly to policymakers, compelling them to act and to be accountable. Greater involvement by low-income consumers and producers will give them greater influence and control over the food they grow, sell, buy and eat. The private sector will be encouraged to provide more diverse, healthy and sustainable choices for consumers and producers.

Key elements of the programme include generating research, building multi-stakeholder coalitions, and using innovative facilitation methodologies in which multiple actors share knowledge, evidence and ideas. Together, they develop local, national and international examples of how food systems can be transformed.