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

Shaika Rakshi ICCO, India

For more than three decades, ICCO  has been supporting initiatives on Food and Nutrition Security works with multiple stakeholders to ensure rights and ownership of marginalized people to resources, securing livelihoods , diversification of local productions, facilitation of marketing of products through approaches like direct poverty alleviation, civil society development and policy influencing . The strategies include organizing small farmers, empowerment through awareness building on technology, nutrition and rights related to food security, alignment of partners' programs with the government and tapping into government resources, improvement of production, marketing of surplus/additional products, improving access to resources and capacity building.

ICCO is believes that every person on earth - man, woman and child - has the right to have access to  safe nutritious and adequate food. Improving the food and nutrition security of small-scale rural producers is at the core of our program. We support them to sustainably increase production for a better income and for better nutrition. At an international level we work with key partners  across more than 40 countries to improve policy environments for women and men in order to ensure that our successes endure.

ICCO’s successful model of strengthening local food systems consists of three important pillars:

•             We support community groups to organize themselves and link with (local) policymakers. We ensure that women are equally represented in these groups and we assist women’s groups.

•             We support small-scale (female) producers to sustainably increase their production and improve their ties with local markets. This improves the availability of food in a household and enhances income, which are very important aspects toward addressing food security in the long term.

•             Food also needs to be of high quality therefore ICCO stimulates production for a diverse diet, combined with promoting nutrition education.

The Food and Water security Coalition India ,supported by ICCO works on  rights based approach .It provides synergy, cross learning, field level activities leading to advocacy for policies and process that serve to promote food and water security in India. The major challenges of working in Food security in India has been lack of an enabling environment that concretely  addresses availability, access, and absorption or nutrition of food.

ICCO believes that partnering is essential to address these challenges. We see working with the governments , engaging with policy makers and private sector as crucial to take the agenda of Food and Nutrition security forward.


Warm regards


Shaika Rakshi

Program Officer


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