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12.04.2010

Legislation and national strategies for the right to food
- Databases now available -

The right to food team is pleased to make available on the website two important tools that will help to follow up on progress made with respect to the implementation of the right to food.
They will faciliate the exchange of experiences as they bring an overview of the different strategies and laws adopted in 73 countries to create an adequate environment for the realization of this human right.

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16.03.2010

Briefing on the 13th session of the Human Rights Council and the right to food

The 13th session of the Human Rights Council is currently taking place in Geneva from the 1st to the 26th of March 2010. Following the High Level Segment on the economic and financial crisis, the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to food was the opportunity to present the reports of the countries he visited on 2009 as well as a thematic analysis on the Agribusiness and the right to food and an addendum on a set of minimum principles to adopt regarding large scale land acquisitions.

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15.02.2010

The right to food is now in the Constitution of Brazil

The right to food is now explicitly recognised in the Brazilian Constitution. After being approved by both chambers of the Congress on the 3 of February 2010, the Brazilians adopted the Constitutional Amendment Project (PEC 47/2003) which now establishes the right to food as a constitutional human right. The amendment aimed at including the right to food among other social rights that were already part of article 6 of the Brazilian Constitution and that are equally important for living a dignified live.

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20.11.2009

World Food Summit on Food Security 2009

The 2009 World Food Summit arrived to an end after three days of discussions in which a large variety of stakeholders addressed key issues for the realization of the right to food. While the Plenary Hall witnessed the statements of delegates and international organizations, the round tables were the occasion to debate crucial issues such as climate change, fair trade rules (particularly the Doha Round) and special measures to address global food governance, including the current reform of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In the meanwhile, a side event of a wide array of Social Movements, NGOs and CSOs also took place.

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11.11.2009

The Right to Food at the centre of the World Food Week 2009
Expert Panel on “The Role of the Right to Food in Addressing the Global Food Crisis”

Following the launch of the Toolbox held on 15th October, the Expert Panel on “The Role of the Right to Food in Addressing the Global Food Crisis” brought together the views of economists, policy makers, human rights experts and academia to discuss about the most important issues and challenges of the current food crisis. Chaired by the Assistant Director-General of the Economic and Social Development, Mr Hafez Ghanem, the panellists answered specific questions regarding the role of human rights in addressing hunger.

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11.11.2009

The Right to Food at the centre of the World Food Week 2009
The Launch of the Right to Food Toolbox

The 2009 World Food Week hosted two important events in which the right to food was at the centre of the discussions relating the current crisis. On October 15th, Mr. Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO, Mr. Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General of the Economic and Social Department and Ms. Barbara Ekwall, team leader of the right to food, launched the Right to Food Methodological Toolbox: a practical publication containing six volumes covering a wide range of topics such as assessment, legislation, education, budgeting and monitoring in order to implement the right to adequate food at national level.

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23.10.2009

“Toolbox” to aid in promoting right to food

Five-volume set provides governments and civil society with "how-to" guidelines.
23 October 2009, Rome – FAO has published a "methodological toolbox" on the right to food, designed to provide countries, institutions civil society and other stakeholders with a series of effective instruments they can use to assert the right to adequate food as a basic human right.

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09.10.2008A victory for the Hungry in the Supreme Court of Nepal

On 25 September, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued an interim order according to which the Government of Nepal has to supply immediately food to 32 food-short districts. “Interim order” refers to orders that remain applicable for the duration of the case. The Court found immediate action necessary because of over three million people suffering from food scarcity.   read more
   
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