Nepal Country Component

In Nepal, the project begun activities and networking in 2012 and will be working closely to the FAO Office in Nepal. The Nepal component of the project focuses on three main areas of work: capacity development of main stakeholders; technical assistance and advice on integrating the right to food in policies, programmes and legislation; and finally advocacy and information activities with civil society organizations.

A ratifying party to the ICESCR since 1991, Nepal is making progress towards incorporating the right to food into its national legislation. 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 directive and some vital specifications have been made. Despite that, and even though the Interim Constitution and the Three Year Interim Plan recognize food sovereignty and food security as a basic right, there is still much to be made in order to include food security and the right to food into the new Constitution as well as other legislative frameworks, which are currently under restructuring. Therefore, it is important that the parliamentarians, government officials, members of the Constitutional Assembly and other interested stakeholders involved in the legislative process, as well as those in charge of implementing the relevant legislation, have good and comprehensive knowledge on the right to food.

A technical FAO mission was undertaken in February 2011 in order to identify possible areas of collaboration. From these discussions, a strong willingness to incorporate the right to food was expressed by the different actors in the country. Also, it is worth noting that Nepal has agreed to the adoption of the “Voluntary guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to food in the context of national food security”.

Latest outputs

Latest news:

10.10.2014

Review of the legislative framework and jurisprudence concerning the right to adequate food in Nepal

The FAO Right to Food Team, in collaboration with the FAO Development Law Branch and Office in Nepal, is pleased to announce the launch of the Review of the legislative framework and jurisprudence concerning the right to adequate food in Nepal. The review discusses overarching aspects of Nepalese law and jurisprudence dealing with this human right. It provides a critical assessment of constitutional as well as legislative provisions and offers a thorough analysis of Supreme Court jurisprudence pertaining to the right to food. In addition to judicial remedy, the review also covers non-judicial means of remedy against the violation of food rights. Finally, the review also offers a set of concrete recommendations, touching upon a wide range of aspects of the human right to adequate food.

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03.12.2012

Training Workshop on Monitoring and Protecting of the Right to Adequate Food in Nagarkot, Nepal

In the context of the project "Integrating the Right to Adequate Food and Good Governance in National Policies, Legislation and Institutions", a training workshop on monitoring and protecting the right to adequate food was held in Nagarkot, Nepal on 7-9 November 2012. The training workshop marked the beginning of activities in Nepal under the project. It was convened jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Nepal National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in collaboration with Food-first Information and Action Network (FIAN) Nepal, the Nepal National Women Commission and the Nepal Justice and Rights Institute (JuRi-Nepal).

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30.05.2011

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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