Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Shiney Varghese is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). From 2001, Shiney has been leading IATP’s advocacy work on the right to water. She was active in the campaign that led to the recognition in 2010 of access to safe water as a fundamental human right, and for much of that time, served as the co-chair of the Fresh water caucus at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Currently, she is involved in global initiatives on water governance and food security, focusing on the water and climate crises, their impact on food security of small holder producers, especially women, and possible local solutions that emphasize equity, environmental justice and sustainability. She has presented and published extensively on these issues. She has over 20 years of experience in public policy analysis, and prior to this, she worked in India on social and environmental issues with indigenous groups, as well as national and international civil society organizations. In 2013 she was selected by the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) to join the project team to bring out its report, “Water for food security and nutrition.” Since early 2017 she has been serving on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN Committee on Food Security.
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