Plurinational and Intercultural Conference on Food Sovereignty (COPISA)

The Plurinational and Intercultural Conference on Food Sovereignty (Span. COPISA) is a national council of citizen participation, established by the Law of Food Sovereignty in May 2009. It is composed of eight civil society representatives, selected by merit through a contest organized by the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control. In addition, its internal structure is organized from thematic subgroups responsible for a specific theme. This body has the task of promoting a process of dialogue with civil society, to promote research on the issue of food sovereignty and propose policies and approaches for the State in this area.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

embedded in the constitution/legislation 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
civil society private stakeholders  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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