Enough food is produced to feed everyone, but almost 800 million people currently suffer from chronic hunger. The right to adequate food is a human right. It is also a legal obligation under international law. Juan Carlos García y Cebolla, Right to Food Team Leader of the FAO Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, together with Serena Pepino, Project Officer explain the importance of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to food security and nutrition in tackling the root causes of hunger and malnutrition.
They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages, to achieve this. This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.
Right to adequate food and food security and nutrition governance to fight against hunger in El Salvador
An interview with Nayda Acevedo Medrano, Coordinator of the FAO project on the right to food in El Salvador, Juan Carlos García y Cebolla, Leader of the FAO Right to Food Team in Rome and Walter Torres, Coordinator of the project Mesoamérica sin Hambre, guests of the TV show "8 en punto" in El Salvador. The experiences of three experts on the importance of food security and nutrition governance for the fight against hunger and its linkages with the right to adequate food.
5 October 2015 – El Salvador
Complementary School Feeding is a right: a well-fed child is a child with a future
This video has been produced drawing from the workshop Complementary School Feeding held at the Educational Unit of the community of Chambi Taraco, in the Department of La Paz, in Bolivia. This community wants to share its experience and make a contribution in order to achieve good alimentation that makes a difference across the country.
This video has been produced in the context of FAO’s project "Integrating the Right to Adequate Food and Good Governance in National Policies, Legislation and Institutions" supporting food security and nutrition policies in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger, and the Brazilian Cooperation.
30 October 2014 – La Paz, Bolivia
Workshop on public expenditures for food security and nutrition in Mesoamerica
More than 60 representatives of the ten Mesoamerican countries have met to discuss and agree on a methodology to measure investments and public expenditures for food security and nutrition so as to ensure sustainability of the current investments and explore mechanisms to increase them. Government representatives expressed their views and exchanged lessons learned about the need to increase investments for food security and nutrition.
24 March 2015 – Antigua, Guatemala
Remarks about Nepal’s Zero Hunger Challenge initiative
Remarks by Rajendra Adhikari, Joint Secretary and Chief of Policy and International Cooperation Division & Chair of Nepal’s National Zero Hunger Challenge Initiative, about Nepal’s progress also through FAO’s support on the MDGs targets, food security and nutrition coordination and political advances, as well as under the Zero Hunger Challenge Initiative in the country.
26 March 2015 – FAO, Rome
Interview with the Deputy Minister of Lands of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Remarks by Jhonny Óscar Cordero Núñez, Deputy Minister of Lands of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, about the collaboration with FAO to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 1 fighting hunger and poverty in the country.
24 March 2015 – FAO, Rome
[Video only in Spanish]
Video message of Ms. Hilal Elver during the Panel Discussion on The adverse impacts of climate change on States
28th Regular Session Human Rights Council
In a video message during the Annual Full-Day Discussion on Human Rights and Climate Change, Ms. Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, emphasized the complicated link between food security and climate change, and the need to make coherent climate change mitigation and adaptation policies with human rights principles. She highlighted the value of women and indigenous people knowledge for mitigation and the corner stone role that small scale farmers should play in any global strategy to address Climate Change and Hunger.
Right to food, achievements and challenges in food security
An interview with Nayda Medrano, Coordinator of the FAO project on the right to food in El Salvador, Jesús Guzmán, Adviser to the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico, and Juan Carlos García y Cebolla, Team Leader of the FAO Right to Food Team in Rome, guests on the TV program "Agenda Ciudadana", in El Salvador.
The three experts share experiences and lessons learned from El Salvador and Mexico on how each country has moved forward in contextually different, yet equally important ways towards the implementation of the right to food at country level.
11 December 2014 – FAO, Rome
[Video only in Spanish]
Nutrition dialogue ahead of upcoming ICN2 with Bolivian President Evo Morales
Evo Morales Ayma, current chairman of the Group of 77 and President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, urged an expansive reading of state's duties to guarantee food and nutrition during his visit to FAO. "Food (nutrition) is a human right and therefore an obligation of the states” he said. “Governments should guarantee a human right (to food), a collective right, for the community and for humanity”.
30 October 2014 – FAO, Rome
[Video only in Spanish]
Interviews with Ms Rea Abada Chiongson, Gender Specialist at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and with Ms Olga Cecilia Restrepo Yepes, Member of the Technical Secretariat of the Observatory of the Right to Food in Latin America and the Caribbean (ODA-ALC).
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Interview with Mr Juan Carlos García y Cebolla, Right to Food Team Leader, about the lessons learned and the way forward on the implementation of the right to food, in the context of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines.
Interview with Ms Hilal Elver on her first official appearance as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and with Ms Smita Narula, Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, during the FAO event "Technical Dialogue on 10 Years of the Implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines".
Strengthening the capacity to apply the Right to Food in Central America
The first Train-the-Trainers workshop, that took place in Guatemala from the 30 September to 4 October 2013, aimed to leave installed a training capacity in Central America for continued right-to-food training activities among different actors by the central americans themselves.
30 September to 4 October 2013 – Atitlán, Guatemala
[Video only in Spanish]
Mainstreaming the Right to Food into Sub-national Plans and Strategies
Uganda was one of the first decentralized countries in Africa. It devolved decision making power and resources from national to district and sub- district level. While the national level keeps its overall policy function, it is the responsibilities of the districts to identify and implement the most suitable solutions to local problems. FAO supported districts in the North of Uganda that still suffer from a high prevalence of food insecurity and child malnutrition in district development planning. The video shows how the districts conducted food security analysis in a participatory way, identified activities to realize the right to food and which impact these activities had on the local communities.
The Right to Food Forum hold from 1 to 3 October 2008 in Rome was the first opportunity to share lessons learned from concrete national experiences on the implementation of the right to food at an international level. This video report captures the dynamics, the main messages and the positive outcomes of the Forum.
FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. The World Food Day and TeleFood theme for 2007 is "The Right to Food".
The right to food is the inherent human right of every woman, man, girl and boy, wherever they live on this planet.
The choice of The Right to Food as the theme for 2007 World Food Day and TeleFood demonstrates increasing recognition by the international community of the important role of human rights in eradicating hunger and poverty, and hastening and deepening the sustainable development process.