Table of contents



The human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger

Asbjørn Eide

NGOs and the right to adequate food

Michael Windfuhr

The right to food in emergencies

World Food Programme

Investing in the right to food

Pierre Spitz

Implementation of the World Food Summit Plan of Action

FAO Agriculture and Economic Development Analysis Division, Economic and Social Department

Identifying the hungry


Special Programme for Food Security

FAO Field Operations Division, Technical Cooperation Department

Rural women and the right to food

FAO Women and Population Division, Sustainable Development Department

Implementation of the right to food in national legislation

FAO Legal Office

The right to food in national constitutions

Extracts from international instruments

Editing, design, graphics and desktop publishing:
Publishing Management Group,
FAO Information Division


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