Agricultural Development Economics
 

Publication

Title
The Human Right to Adequate Food in the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition – A Global Consensus
Author
FAO
Publication date
20/09/2013
Abstract
The Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) is the first global framework adopted by consensus, by governments, which systematically mainstreams the right to adequate food and human rights into policies relevant to food security and nutrition at the global, regional and national levels. The GSF requires all stakeholders to implement and ensure the coherence of these policies with regard to the right to adequate food. This publication documents the consensus reached in the context of the GSF with respect to recommendations that are particularly interesting from a right to food perspective. It builds largely on agreed language from the GSF as a basis for advocacy and information work. It also offers important suggestions to stakeholders on how to translate the global consensus into practice at the national level, notably by presenting a variety of experiences and case studies which demonstrate the importance of a human rights-based approach to food security and nutrition. Moreover, the document presents concrete recommendations put forth in the GSF in order to implement specific policies aimed for vulnerable groups or particular issues. The document concludes by highlighting three areas where the GSF is particularly important from a human rights perspective, namely: its contribution to understanding the primacy of human rights in the field of policies relevant for food security and nutrition; its contribution to the human rights coherence in food security and nutrition actions; and its emphasis on the strengthening of human rights-based monitoring and accountability mechanisms.