The International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture was created in 2003 in Tuscany, Italy, as a result of an international meeting of leaders in the food and agriculture movement brought together by Claudio Martini, President of the Regional Government of Tuscany and Dr. Vandana Shiva, noted activist and Executive Director of Navdanya/Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Environment and President of Navdanya International.
The Commission brings together leading activists, academics, scientists, politicians and farmers from North and South, committed to building more socially and ecologically sustainable food and agriculture systems and active in creative movements for the protection of biodiversity, local food production and consumption, food security and food safety, and the rights of small farmers.
It seeks to strengthen the global seed and food movement towards a more equitable and caring world by making more visible viable alternatives to the present corporate controlled, technology-based, monocultural and export-oriented systems of food and agriculture.
It seeks to strengthen forces for global democracy through helping construct a network of regional and local governments and movements working on sustainable food security systems.
Its activity began with the publication of four far-reaching Manifestos on issues of critical importance to the future of the planet: the future of food, the future of the seed, climate change and the future of food security, and the need for new knowledge systems. The Manifestos, each translated into four languages, English, Italian, French and German, have been widely distributed at major international United Nations and Civil Society Conferences and Summits on food security, agriculture, and climate change. Other publications which followed are: The Law of The Seed, the Terra Viva Manifesto, the Food For Health Manifesto and The Future of Food: Farming with Nature, Cultivating the Future.