The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Nora McKeon

Professor, Rome 3 University, Italy

Nora McKeon studied history and political science at Harvard University and the Sorbonne before joining the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, where she was responsible for opening up the institution to cooperation with organizations of small-scale producers and civil society.

Nora McKeon


She now engages in research, teaching, and advocacy around food systems, peoples’ movements, and governance issues. She closely follows evolutions in global food governance including the reformed Committee on World Food Security. She teaches at Rome 3 University and the International University College of Turin. Publications include: Peasant Organizations in Theory and Practice (with Michael Watts and Wendy Wolford, UNRISD 2004), The United Nations and Civil Society: Legitimating Global Governance? (Zed 2009), Global Governance for World Food Security (Heinrich-Böll Foundation, 2011), The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: a coup for corporate capital? (Terra Nuova/TNI 2014) and Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations (Routledge 2015). She has written numerous book chapters and articles including ‘The Farmers’ Movement and the Market Question in Senegal’ in K.Ghimire, ed., Civil Society and the Market Question (Palgrave MacMillan 2005), ‘Are Equity and Sustainability a Likely Outcome When Foxes and Chickens Share the Same Coop? Critiquing the Concept of Multistakeholder Governance of Food Security’ (Globalizations Vol 14 2017 issue 3), ‘Transforming Global Governance in the Post-2015 Era: Towards an Equitable and Sustainable World’ (Globalizations Vol 14 2017 issue 4), ‘Civil Society-Public Institution Relations in Global Food Policy: The Case of FAO and the CFS’ in R. Marchetti ed., Partnerships in International Policy-Making (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), and ‘Getting to the root causes of migration in West Africa: .whose history, framing and agency counts? (Globalizations Vol. 15 2018 issue 6).


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  1. Dec 9

    Brussels Briefing 57: "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems"

    The Brussels Briefing 57 on "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems", organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, discusses smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.Examples of successes from smallholders in various sectors and value c…