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Supreme Court of Nepal ruling on the Right to Food

In April 2011 the Supreme Court of Nepal published a key decision regarding the right to food in the country. Included in the Interim Constitution of 2007 and clarified by a Supreme Court interim order in September of 2008, the right of everyone to adequate food has been reinforced by this decision and some vital specifications have been made. Aside from the availability of food, the Court puts emphasis on the role of the authorities in ensuring that food is accessible and affordable for the people. This is a significant step forward taken to ensure the respect, protection and fulfilment of the right to food.

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Bali Side Event on "Realizing the Right to Food: Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Nutrition Security"

A Multi-stakeholder side event on “Realizing The Right to Food: Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Nutrition Security” took place at the Bali International Convention Centre in Bali, Indonesia on 15 March 2011, during the Fourth Regular Session of Governing Body (GB4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

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EXIGIBILIDADE: Mechanisms to claim the human right to adequate food in Brazil

The Exigibilidade study is an advocacy tool which provides practical examples on how to implement the right to food at country level. The study underlines the very important role of the civil society in creating mechanisms to make the state accountable for violations of the right to adequate food. In Brazil, important institutional advances towards the development of instruments to claim, investigate and monitor the realization of the right to food have been set up.

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24.02.2011Constitutional and Legal Protection of the Right to Food around the World

This study reviews the legal protection of the right to food at national level, through constitutional provisions, national legislation and the direct applicability of international law. A comprehensive review of all the constitutions of the world found that the right to food is constitutionally protected in at least 106 countries.
In these countries, individuals can claim the right to food in front of their national courts.

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The Bolivian Legislative Assembly organizes a workshop on the Right to Food

A milestone was reached last December 15th, 2010 during a workshop organized by members of the Legislative Assembly of the Plurinational State of Bolivia with the support of FAO to discuss issues related to the legislative process around the human right to food. The main outcome of this successful event was the formation of a group of parliamentarians who will be responsible, with other relevant actors, for drafting a human right to food law for Bolivia. It was the first time that the Parliament organized a workshop of this kind on the theme of the right to food.

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10.12.2010The Right to Food and Access to Justice, Right to Food study

This study is an important technical tool for everyone working on the right to food and on its implementation at any level. Access to justice is recognized as an essential component of the Right to Food Guidelines and is essential to protect victims of violations of such right. This publication shows that traditional arguments against justiciability are today outdated and that access to justice is therefore possible. To this end, it is important to increase awareness and develop capacities of lawyers and judges to defend this right.   read more

01.12.2010New publication by the FAO on Land Tenure and the Right to Food

We are pleased to make available on our website the Land Tenure Working Paper 15 entitled “A responsible governance of land tenure: an essential means for realizing the right to food” This paper is available in Spanish and in English and have been jointly produced by the Right to Food Team and the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, of FAO.    read more

08.10.2010OHCHR and FAO jointly publish “The Right to Adequate Food”
Fact Sheet

Why is the right to food important for the rural and urban poor? How does it help women and children? What are the obligations of States in relation to the right to food? These and other questions are answered in the Fact Sheet on “The Right to Adequate Food”.   read more

02.09.2010Brazil adopts a new Policy on Food Security and Nutrition

On 25 August 2010, Brazil adopted a Policy on Food Security and Nutrition of Brazil (Decree 7.272 ) that firmly establishes the right to food in Brazil's food and nutrition efforts. The Policy is part of the efforts undertaken in view of the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security Law (LOSAN ) of 2006. It establishes the framework and principles for the development of a National Food and Nutrition Security Plan. The right to food is firmly anchored in the Policy.    read more

31.08.2010The Republic of Kenya recognizes the right to food in the new Constitution

After being approved by popular referendum, the new Constitution of Kenya was adopted and signed last Friday (27 August 2010) by the President. In the new Constitution, the provision related to the right to food is of particular importance. Indeed, article 43 explicitly refers the to the right to adequate food in the context of economic, social and cultural rights that are essential for people to live in dignity.   read more
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