RE: 10 Year Anniversary of the Right to Food Guidelines

02.05.2014

I'd like to contribute to this debate concentrating with Brazilian's experience.

Brazil has advanced in many aspects of the implementation of the right to adequate food, but at the same time there are many challenges to be achieved.

Theme 1: Right to Adequate Food - Past and Present

What have been some of the most important achievements and some of the major shortcomings in the struggle for the right to adequate food during the past decades on the global, regional and local level?

Brazil has translated the international instruments to domestic laws and policies.

  • Child and Adolescent Statute, 1990
  • National Food and Nutrition Policy, 1999.
  • Food and Nutrition Security Law, 2006
  • School Feeding Program Law, 2009
  • Food and Nutrition Security Policy, 2010
  • Federal Constitution Amend, 2010.

Brazil also translated the Voluntary Guideline to Portuguese, in an accessible language to public services, prosecutors, social movements, and so on.

Theme 2: The Right to Food Guidelines

How have the Right to Food Guidelines contributed to the promotion and protection of the right to adequate food over the last ten years? What are some of the key achievements and the main limitations of the Guidelines and their implementation? 

The Voluntary Guidelines contribute with information to implement the right to adequate food in the countries.

The key achievements are cited above, in case of Brazil.

Limitations: the language and the format are not accessible to population.

There are no examples to facilitate the meaning of the document.

There is no explanation about administrative and judicial remedies.

Theme 3: The Future

What are the major challenges and ways ahead for the full realization of the right to adequate food at the local, national, regional and global levels?

Challenges:

  • To monitor the right to food at local level and Municipal level.
  • To analyze the food and nutrition security status by race or ethnical group and to have a plan or action to achieve the most food and nutrition insecure groups based on disaggregated data.
  • To create, administrative, quasi-legal, legal and judicial instruments to redress violations. To make them available and effective, especially at the municipal level.
  • To provide and support physically and economically, include with human resource, the recourse instruments to redress violations.
  • To provide information about the right to food to all people, children, adolescents, adults and elderly in an appropriate language.
  • To empower people to claim their rights or demand policies and actions to realize the right to adequate food.