The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.

– General Comment 12 (CESCR)


CFS41: Reaffirming the importance of the
Right to Food Guidelines

21 October 2014

The 41st session of the Committee on Food Security (CFS) provided the opportunity for some Member Countries (El Salvador, India and Jordan) to share their national experiences in implementing the Right to Food Guidelines, and for all CFS Member Countries, to reaffirm their commitment to implement the Right to Food Guidelines and strive for the realization of the right to adequate food of all in the years to come through the consensually adopted Decision Box “Right to Food – Ten Year Perspective”.

To know more about FAO's activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary since the adoption by consensus of the Right to Food Guidelines, click here

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Presentation of the book “Right to food: theoretical and practical approaches for discussion”

The book Right to food: theoretical and practical approaches for discussion edited by Olga Cecilia Restrepo-Yepes and Cesar Augusto Molina Saldarriaga and written by the Observatory of the Right to Food in Latin America and the Caribbean (ODA-ALC), compile a series of articles stemming from the first call for research of the Observatory carried out in 2011. The chosen studies were written in light of the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative 2025 and were financed and technically supported by FAO, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and by the selected universities.

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28th Regular Session Human Rights Council

During the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council (1–28 March 2015) a lot of issues and debates related to the right to food had been discussed.  In particular, OHCHR invited FAO to join the Annual Discussions on Climate Change, on a special panel aimed at linking climate change and impacts on the right to food. While, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ms. Hilal Elver, presented her first annual report, focused on the legal obstacles faced in the achievement of the right to food, as well as examples on good practices as a means of encouraging States to develop judicial remedies in accordance with the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Launch of "Advances and obstacles in the implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines – The case of El Salvador"

On March 4th, the FAO office in El Salvador and its counterpart, CONASAN, organized a National Forum on the right to food that provided an opportunity for the country, based on an inter-institutional outlook and a State vision, to gather a wide range of institutions which have been contributing to this human right and saw the need for coordination to further improve. The Forum provided the opportunity to launch "Advances and obstacles in the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security – The case of El Salvador", which systematize and communicate advances and challenges of the State related to the substantive application of the Right to Food Guidelines in light of the retrospective process for the tenth anniversary and the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security.

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