Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Beyond 2015 Campaign (Liam Crosby) Beyond 2015 campaign, United Kingdom
19-12-2012

The Beyond 2015 campaign submits the attached paper regarding our priorities for the post 2015 framework from a Food and Nutrition Security perspective.

This paper is submitted by Liam Crosby at Save the Children UK, on behalf of the Beyond 2015 campaign. Beyond 2015 is a civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals, building on the lessons and achievements of the MDGs. The campaign is built on a diverse, global base and brings together 577 orgs from 95 countries, which range from small community-based organizations to international NGOs, academics and trade unions.

Food and nutrition security (FNS) are among the most basic of human needs and must be central to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, the Right to Food is enshrined in international law and as such there is not only a moral obligation but also a legal obligation for states to ensure that all people have adequate food. While the period since 2000 has seen progress on these issues, over 800 million people globally remain undernourished and an increasing number are overweight or obese.

 

Dramatic inequalities in food and nutrition security remain and in many countries have increased; indeed in some countries and contexts the poorest groups suffer from alarming rates of undernutrition, while richer groups simultaneously experience high prevalences of overweight and obesity. These facts, along with the impacts of our food consumption and production patterns on environmental degradation and climate change, highlight that our global food system is unsustainable, unfair and inadequate. The post-2015 framework offers an important chance to deliver the ambitious, novel and wide-ranging approach needed to change that.

 

Whilst the civil society organizations participating in Beyond 2015 hold a wide range of views regarding how FNS should be addressed in the post-2015 framework, we are united that it is essential that the framework should encourage actions on four pillars, outlined below, which contribute to the overall aim of achieving Food and Nutrition Security For All. In order to achieve this aim, it is essential that inequalities in all aspects of food and nutrition security are addressed, including addressing the systemic imbalances that result in available food not being accessible where it is most needed.

 

This paper addresses the crucial issues which face food and nutrition security today, and identifies some key problems with the global food system which must be addressed in order for universal FNS to be achieved. It establishes key principles that should be adhered to when addressing them, and makes proposals for actions to deliver Food and Nutrition Security for All.