RE: 10 Year Anniversary of the Right to Food Guidelines

Aruna Sharma Government of Madhya Pradesh, India

Here are my comments on the achievements, shortcomings and also way forward cutting across the three themes

The biggest achievement has been to put debate on ‘hunger’ in the rights perspective i.e. an issue of ensuring availability of basic need of food-nutrition as a rights agenda. The perspective has been to operate by maintaining the dignity of the beneficiary.

The second achievement is ‘the world as single entity’ do not have deficiency of basic food production, thus the challenge is more of equitable distribution and mechanisms to reach the needy.

The third achievement has been excellent empirical evidence of success of the execution of the concept of food security

The forth is the ‘food security’ being understood as a holistic terms in terms of health, sanitation, nutrition and caloric intake.

The shortcoming has been in term of

  1. Still groping with mechanism of converging the efforts of health, sanitation, and nutrition and food intake. Each of the intervention is still working in a silo. The need is to have a holistic strategy of execution.

  2. Thus, there is now a need to document the mechanism to bring out the convergence in the life-cycle of an individual.

  3. It may be a good initiative to draft guidelines for bringing out the convergence so that each country can formulate their policy, programs and implementation and monitoring parameters in conjuction to the convergent strategy.

I would like to offer my services to draft a 'Convergence Strategy in Policy Making, Program Design and Execution'. I am also attaching a chapter from my recently published report by UNDP, on 'Mainstreaming of Resource Convergence in Policymaking, Programme Design and Execution' released in December 2013.

The url for the book is


Dr Aruna Sharma