Re: Rights-based approaches to Food Security in Protracted Crises

Shivani Bhardwaj Food Water Security Coalition India, India
15.11.2013

The Indian government now gives food grain dole as food right to each poor family and FWSCI (Food Water Security Coalition India) has critiqued this by asking for cooked food provision at work and place of stay for all who may want to avail it. Yet each organization can do only a part of the analysis as the right to food has many dimensions and to work on each sub theme takes am organization to work a life time.  

Right based approach needs to be first applied at home to feed your own self and family members mindfully, equitably and sustainably. For this planning and talking about food and health routines is necessary. Talking about each other’s wellness and getting to know what is good for the body and soul takes time, research and getting together emotion. Once this is collected, collated and nurtured each family can grow, buy and prepare/ pack food for the day. Thus gender and generation and sustainability dynamics need attention first within self to begin asking for action outside of self. We all need to be engaged in generating, food and water in a way we are not consumers but conservers and nurturing beings as well. 

Having clean water, land, space to live/work/cook/eat and rest, energy (fuel/sunlight) is an important part of right to food. These need to be negotiated with the people within governance structures. 

We at Food Water Security Coalition India work towards micro and meso debate to provide holistic framework to people working towards impacting resource constrains to meet the food and water insecurity in our country. Our members have organized various consultations. Worked on food sovereignty by working on seed rights, water and sanitation to retain clean environment to generate food as per the soils capacity to give the human and animal the vegetation it can survive on. Our members have also researched on pilots for home plots and local water drip and low sprinkler irrigation as well as on climate change impacting agriculture.

With five years of work together our coalition wonders how we can impact the debate and actual sustainable availability of food and water for all. Work on land housing and water is an intrinsic part of food rights. Working of human rights of workers, children, men, women, disabled and elderly are another dimension as food and water needs are specific to nutrition needs of differing people. 

We welcome a continued dialogue for generating a common clarity.