A Primer to the Right to Adequate Food

A Primer to the Right to Adequate Food

This course, entitled "A Primer to the Right to Adequate Food", is part of the e-learning curriculum "Right to Food in Practice".


The course introduces the principles and concept of the human right to adequate food and its practical application. The course also provides an overview of the historical development of this human right, the human rights based approach to development, recourse mechanisms, the Right to Food Guidelines and describes the rights, obligations and responsibilities of rights-holders and duty-bearers of the right to food.

  • The course consists of 7 lessons, of approximately 30 to 45 minutes duration each, for a total of about 4.5 hours of self-paced instruction.
  • Each lesson achieves a specific set of learning objectives, using interactive step-by-step instructions and exercises which help reinforce what is being explained.
  • Each lesson includes a list of relevant online resources and additional reading. A series of documents relevant to the Right to Food are also provided.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes:

  • UN Country teams and FAO staff;
  • Practitioners;
  • NGOs/CSOs;
  • General Public/Civil Society;
  • Academic Institutions.


This course provides an interactive self-paced learning environment in which learners can understand the concept of the Right to Adequate Food. In order to support this, the course uses the latest instructional methods in e-learning such as storytelling, illustrative case studies, simulations and demonstration, as well as interactive tests and practice exercises. A wide range of resources are included.