Patrick Mulvany is an agriculturalist. His work focuses on policy and practice to realise food sovereignty and the related issues of the governance of food, agricultural biodiversity and technology. He is currently a member of FAO's Technical Advisory Group for the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture and of the BBSRC’s Bioscience for Society Strategy panel as well as an adviser to the Agricultural Biodiversity working group of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC).
He is a Trustee of Sustain and a director of Kamayoq, a consultancy company. He was formerly the senior policy adviser to Practical Action/ITDG; a former Chair of the UK Food Group (UKFG), an independent network of UK civil society organisations concerned with global food and farming issues; was an NGO member of the governing bureau of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD); and was formerly a Trustee of Oxfam, Action Aid and CIIR/Progressio.
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, and the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM/CFS). He is 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.