GFG - Global food governance in an era of crisis


  • Jennifer Clapp
  • Annette Desmarais
  • Matias Margulis University of Stirling



Governance, Committee on World Food Security, civil society, sustainability


There have been multiple and significant changes in the global food landscape when it comes to governance. The 2008 Global Food Crisis heightened attention to and action for food security; this is reflected in the expanding food security agenda across the United Nations system, the World Bank and the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of Twenty (G20) clubs of states. Similarly, there has been expansion of new modes of governing the global food system, ranging from transnational certification schemes for agrofuels and food commodities to voluntary guidelines on land tenure. The two articles in this section provide timely analysis of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is a global forum that has taken on greater centrality in the global governance of food and that features a diverse set of state and non-state actors involved in the agenda-setting, policy-making, and decision-making process.

Author Biography

Matias Margulis, University of Stirling

Matias E. Margulis is Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Stirling. A former Canadian delegate to the WTO, OECD and United Nations agencies, his research focuses on global governance, international trade and human rights. Recent publications include “Forum-Shopping for Global Food Security Governance? Canada’s approach at the G8 and UN Committee for World Food Security” (Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 2015), “Trading Out of the Global Food Crisis? The WTO and the Geopolitics of Agro-Power” (Geopolitics, 2014) and Land Grabbing and Global Governance (Routledge 2014, edited with Nora McKeon and Saturnino Borras, Jr.).




How to Cite

Clapp, J., Desmarais, A., & Margulis, M. (2015). GFG - Global food governance in an era of crisis. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 2(2), 326–327.