Agricultural Development Economics


Right to food curriculum outline
Mauricio Rosales, Arne Oshaug, Maarten Immink, Beatrice Ghirardini
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The purpose of this right to adequate food curriculum outline is to contribute to strengthening in-country capacity to implement the right to adequate food by different state duty bearers and by others with responsibilities to work towards the realization of the right to adequate food. It is through the implementation of effective measures by various stakeholder groups that the right to adequate food can be protected and progressively realized for all. Among the learner groups targeted by this course curriculum are staff of human rights institutions, and of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social movements that represent rights holders. In accordance with the Right to Food Guidelines, states should empower civil society to participate in the implementation of these Guidelines through capacity building. Thus, in effect, the curriculum targets duty bearers, rights holders and what have been termed ‘agents of accountability’, namely, human rights institutions. This document outlines a right to adequate food curriculum and presents a compendium of lessons designed to provide different right to adequate food actors with knowledge, understanding and skills needed for the implementation of certain right to adequate food tasks as part of their normal obligations, responsibilities and activities. By being exposed to and internalizing additional knowledge and skills, in-country actors are expected to become more effective in developing, implementing and monitoring right to adequate food measures by: (i) being more motivated, (ii) acquiring more authority to act, (iii) being able to communicate better with other actors, and (iv) making better decisions to protect and implement the right to adequate food; this in addition to augmenting their knowledge and skill base, and thus their own human capital.