Ian Fitzpatrick


Food sovereignty researcher


Ian is a food sovereignty researcher for Global Justice Now, helping to build the case for food sovereignty and agroecology in Africa. Prior to this he worked as a freelance environmental researcher for Sustain, Food Ethics Council and the New Economics Foundation, and was the co-founder of a co-operative bakery in Leeds (Leeds Bread Co-op). Ian has an MSc in ethnobotany from the University of Kent, and a DPhil (PhD) in anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Latest posts

A clarion call from Mali - agroecology, not agribusiness!

04 March 2015

The International Agroecology Forum, which took place at the Nyéléni Centre in Mali last week, brought together a huge array of delegates ranging from peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples, NGOs and academics to discuss how agroecology can help build an ecologically and socially just food system.

Scaling up seed sovereignty

04 December 2014

At a time when seed corporations are pressuring African governments to pass new laws which will create legally-binding seed monopolies (as in Ghana), it is critical that our campaigning efforts are directed at stopping these ‘Monsanto laws’ as well as supporting the alternatives to them.

Z is for Zai pits

14 October 2014

The Zai pit technique originated in Mali but was adopted and modified by farmers in Burkina Faso after a particularly bad drought in 1980 which affected over 1 million people. The technique involves digging a series of pits roughly 20-40cm across by 20cm deep during the dry season. Manure is added to the pit and when the first rains arrive the pits are planted with seeds.

Y is for yield

13 October 2014

People generally understand and like the idea of sustainable agriculture - producing food without expensive and unsustainable inputs like chemical fertilisers and pesticides. But many people argue that sustainable agriculture can’t produce as much food as conventional agriculture, and with our increasing global population, we need to increase food production as much as possible.

X is for Xeriscaping

12 October 2014

Xeriscaping is a form of landscaping and gardening which emphasises water conservation and is therefore ideal for arid environments.

W is for Water-harvesting

11 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa: Water-havesting