Agricultural Development Economics

Food Security Governance and the Right to Food

Two elements are fundamental in order to make substantial and rapid progress towards global food security: coherence and convergence among policies and programmes of countries, donors and other stakeholders when addressing the underlying causes of hunger and, the recognition of the human rights dimensions of food security.

Support for the progressive realization of the right to food is as an effective way of achieving food governance and nutrition security at global, regional and national levels. The CFS’s vision calls for a world free from hunger where countries implement the voluntary guidelines for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

The operationalization of the concept of the right to food in practice is a relatively new area of work for most regional and national food security organizations. FAO is well placed to provide technical assistance and tools to these organizations. Valuable lessons have been learned and materials have been produced over the past years to ensure a framework for food security oriented towards the implementation of these guidelines and the development of policies and programmes based on human rights approaches.

The Right to Food
The Right to Food team supports the implementation of the human right to adequate food, using FAO’s Right to Food Guidelines. It develops methods and instruments to assist stakeholders in the implementation of the right to food and information and training materials to raise awareness and understanding by rights holders, duty bearers, civil society and the general public.

Committee on World Food Security
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the United Nations’ forum for reviewing and following up on policies concerning world food security. It also examines issues which affect the world food situation. It was established as a result of the food crisis of the 1970s, upon recommendation from the 1974 World Food Conference.