Patrick Mulvany is an agriculturalist. His work focuses on policy and practice to realise food sovereignty, enhance agricultural biodiversity and the related issues of the governance of food, environment and technology. He is currently: an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) of Coventry University; a member of the BBSRC’s Bioscience for Society Strategy panel; and an adviser to the Agricultural Biodiversity working group of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC).
He was formerly: the senior policy adviser to Practical Action/ITDG; a Chair of the UK Food Group (UKFG); a Trustee of Sustain, Oxfam, Action Aid and CIIR/Progressio; an NGO member of the governing bureau of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD); and a member of FAO's Technical Advisory Group for the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.
Patrick has been an adviser to many NGOs and has evaluated several international organisations including GRAIN, Friends of the Earth International, Via Campesina, the SADC Seed Security Network, the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM/CFS) and the Central Asia agricultural biodiversity programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). He has been an active participant in the civil society lobbies on agricultural biodiversity at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as in the international, regional and national food sovereignty networks.