Right to Food Handbooks

The “Right to Food Handbook” series is a collection of 10 publications, prepared in collaboration with PROSALUS, based on the different volumes of the Right to Food Methodological Toolbox.

Each publication provides practical information and guidance on how to implement the right to food and apply human rights-based approaches to key areas of work, namely, legislation, monitoring, assessment, budget and education.

The series is available in English, Español, Français (soon available also in Portuguese).

RTF handbook 1

Right to Food Handbook 1

The right to food within the international framework of human rights and country constitutions

This first handbook of the group devoted to legislation presents the right to food within the international framework of human rights, especially the ICESCR and other relevant international instruments, as well as the different forms of constitutional recognition at country level.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO's “Guide on Legislating for the Right to Food”. It includes the characterization of this right in the main international human rights instruments, especially its core content and the State obligations. At the country level, it presents the different forms of constitutional recognition: explicit, implied and as a guiding principle of State policy.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 2

Right to Food Handbook 2

Development of specific right to food legislation

The purpose of this handbook is to provide practical information and guidelines for national legislators and individual parties or groups interested in order to improve the process of developing a framework law for the right to food.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO's “Guide on Legislating for the Right to Food”. The handbook presents some preliminary issues,
describes how the process should be and what the provisions should be in terms of general provisions, substantive provisions and provisions for the implementation of the law.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 3

Right to Food Handbook 3

Review of the compatibility of sectoral laws with the right to food

This handbook presents the process to be followed for the revision of sectoral legislation, since it may affect various aspects of the right to food. The purpose of this revision is to ensure that the legal framework of the country is favourable for the progressive realization of the right to food.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO's “Guide on Legislating for the Right to Food”. It provides an explanation of the process to be followed for reviewing the compatibility of sectoral laws with the right to food as well as some guidelines and methodological tools for its realization. Furthermore, there are some examples of sectoral provisions that may affect the right to food in very important areas, such as land, water, fishing, etc.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 4

Right to Food Handbook 4

General aspects regarding monitoring the right to food

This handbook, introductory to the group of those which are devoted to the process of monitoring the right to food, presents the conceptual basis for monitoring centered and based on a human rights approach. It also provides a description of the methodological and analytical agenda for monitoring.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s “Methods to monitor the human right to adequate food” (Volume I and Volume II). It provides a description of the methods for monitoring based on a human rights approach, which entails following up the introduction of human rights principles in the formulation, financing and implementation of relevant policies, programmes, projects and activities as well as their impact on the realization of rights. It is also important to verify that the monitoring process itself has been inspired by and is consistent with the principles of human rights.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 5

Right to Food Handbook 5

Procedures for monitoring the right to food

This handbook presents the basic process to be followed for monitoring policies, programmes and projects aimed at the right to food, starting from the components that distinguish it from a conventional monitoring framework: the basic content of the right to food, the State obligations and the principles of human rights.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s “Methods to monitor the human right to adequate food” (Volume I and Volume II). Besides presenting the framework for monitoring the right to food, it provides a deep insight on the indicators -structural, process and outcome indicators- as well as on the monitoring of policies and programmes.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 6

Right to Food Handbook 6

Information for monitoring the right to food

This third handbook on monitoring the right to food provides detail on the information needed for monitoring, information gathering methods, information systems and databases for monitoring as well as on dissemination of information.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s “Methods to monitor the human right to adequate food” (Volume I and Volume II). Access to timely, relevant and valid information should contribute to enhancing the capacity of duty-bearers to fulfill their obligations regarding the right to food and should likewise aid rights-holders in defending, claiming and enforcing them.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 7

Right to Food Handbook 7

Assessment of the right to food

This handbook provides practical information and tools for conducting a right to food assessment as a first step in a strategy to ensure this right and to take the appropriate measures accordingly with the obligation of progressive realization of this right. The content of this handbook is based on the FAO's “Guide to Conducting a Right to Food Assessment”. An assessment of the right to food should include an analysis of the causes of food and nutritional insecurity and should answer the following questions: who suffers food insecurity and vulnerability? Where are they located? What are the causes for their food insecurity or vulnerability? The assessment should also consider the legal, political, and institutional frameworks, civil society participation and budget analysis.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 8

Right to Food Handbook 8

Advocacy on the right to food based on the analysis of government budgets

This handbook provides information on some of the aspects in which the public budget plays an important role for the realization of the right to food. It also addresses the implementation of advocacy actions based on an analysis of government budgets.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s guide “Budget Work to Advance the Right to Food”. The budget is a concrete and objective way to measure a government´s commitment with the realization of the right to food. Its analysis can thus be a very useful tool for civil society organizations, legislators and human rights commissions involved in the realization of the right to food.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 9

Right to Food Handbook 9

Who's who in the right to food

This handbook provides an overview of who is who and what his/her role is in the realization of the human right to food. This information enhances the possibilities of coordination and collaboration between the different actors as well as accountability.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s guide “Right to Food Curriculum Outline”. Based on the distinction between rights holders, duty bearers and responsibilities with regard to the right to food, it presents the main functions and tasks that each one carries out in the realization of the human right to food.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

RTF handbook 10

Right to Food Handbook 10

Right to food training

The purpose of this handbook devoted to training is to offer guidance on the appropriate way to implement training processes on the right to food by adapting them to the different groups.
The content of this handbook is based on the FAO’s guide “Right to Food Curriculum Outline”. The previous handbook provided the distinction between rights holders, duty bearers and holders of responsibilities with regard to the right to food, as well as the functions and tasks that each one carries out. This information provides the basis for identifying the appropriate and critical training contents for all participants and some guidelines for adapting the training sessions for each specific group.

Available in: ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL | FRANÇAIS

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