The Right to Food

The rights to social protection and adequate food

Author: FAO Legal Office

Legal Paper, 2016

The interface between the rights to social protection and to adequate food lies primarily in the ‘transfers’ that enable individuals to have physical and financial access to the food they need for an active and healthy life in dignity. The right to adequate food will not be realized through the right to social protection alone, but the latter can play a critical role, for those who are not able to earn a living or grow their own food because of their age, health or disability. Social protection can also be crucial for those who are able to work and do have some resources for food production, but are not able to optimize this because of poverty.  

Region: Global
Category: Policy briefs

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