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The Right to Food Timeline

Methodology

Global milestones

Over the last few decades, the right to adequate food has been increasingly recognized at global level. Whether through international instruments or voluntary initiatives and events, the right to adequate food has garnered widespread attention. While a number of global events could have been included, the scope of the Right to Food Timeline on global milestones has been limited to the most inherently related to the protection and realization of the right to adequate food.

Regional milestones

Over the last years, regional cooperation for the realization of the right to adequate food through a broad range of activities has brought together a wide array of actors. While a number of regional events could have been included, the scope of the Right to Food Timeline on regional milestones has been limited to efforts inherently related to the recognition and implementation of the right to adequate food.

National milestones

The protection of human rights through constitutions is the strongest form of legal protection at national level as constitutions are considered the fundamental or supreme law of the country. While there are different ways in which the right to adequate food can be protected in a constitution, the scope of the Right to Food Timeline at national level has been limited to the sole inclusion of “explicit protections of the right to adequate food or freedom from hunger”, whether for all or only for specific groups.

For further information on the constitutional recognition of the right to adequate food, see The Right to Food around the Globe.