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”, jointly developed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The Fact Sheet was recently launched at a panel discussion entitled “Implementation of the right to food: practical implications”, organized jointly by the OHCHR and FAO, on 17 September 2010 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. In addition to English, it is available in French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
As a part of the OHCHR Fact Sheet series (No. 34), the joint publication explains what the right to food is, addresses the importance of the right to food and other human rights, illustrates its dynamics when applied to specific individuals and groups, and elaborates upon State parties’ obligations with respect to this human right. The Fact Sheet also provides an overview of national, regional and international accountability and monitoring mechanisms.
This publication establishes the link between the human rights community and those engaged in promoting food security for all through efforts in the areas of food and agriculture. Resulting from common efforts between these two Organizations, it reflects the close link that exists between human rights and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), especially MDG goal 1 to reduce hunger by half by 2015, and intends to strengthen those links.
This Fact Sheet forms a part of a variety of information materials and tools on the right to food developed by FAO’s Right to Food Team, as the Methodological Toolbox on the Right to Food that includes valuable guidance for practitioners and policy-makers on how to integrate the right to food into legislation, monitoring and assessment activities, budgeting, and teaching.