Integrating the Right to Adequate Food and good governance in national policies, legislation and institutions
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El Salvador Country Component

In El Salvador, the project begun activities in 2012 and is working closely to the FAO Office in El Salvador. The El Salvador component of the project focuses mainly on capacity development of national stakeholders to allow them to better integrate the right to food in their work, and on advocacy, communication and information activities engaging civil society organizations.

The new Government of El Salvador includes in its priorities the development and implementation of a Policy on Food Security and Nutrition (Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional – SAN) through a Human Rights Based Approach. Since taking office in 2009, there have been initiatives on the SAN under the coordination of the Ministry of Social Inclusion, which depends directly from the President of the Republic through the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency. Furthermore, on 30 October 2009, the President signed the "Declaration of El Salvador in support of the Eradication of Hunger in 2025”, reiterating its commitment to the goal of fighting hunger through a human rights-based approach. Moreover, on 31 October 2010, the National Council for Food Security and Nutrition (CONASAN) adopted three resolutions: (i) a decision to propose the creation of a strategic unit of Family Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, (ii) a resolution calling FAO for assistance for the formulation of policy and legal framework of food security as a human rights approach, and (iii) a resolution to launch a National Forum on Food Security and Nutrition, aimed at validating and discussing what had been previously developed by the National Policy CONASAN.


05.10.2015 – 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. [Video only in Spanish]


20.03.2015 – 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.

11.12.2014 – FAO, Rome. 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.
[Video only in Spanish]


03.03.2014 – On 20 November 2013 the FAO Office in El Salvador launched the Right to food awareness campaign and its linkages with Food Security and Nutrition, created together with the Association of Participatory Radio and Programmes of El Salvador (ARPAS), with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of El Salvador.



25.06.2013 – El Salvador - 4 June 2013. A group of 39 Salvadoran professionals in Law, Nutrition, Education and Biology, among other areas, concluded this week the training course on the Right to Adequate Food conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). "The main objective of this training course was to provide participants tools to better grasp the concept of the Right to Adequate Food in a practical way.

26.10.2012 – El Salvador – October 2012. FAO contributed to the capacity strengthening on the right to food of Parliamentarians in several countries. In that context, the team of the project Right to Food at Country Level, managed by the Right to Food Team of FAO, organized a mission to El Salvador in October 2012, in light of the strong will from various actors in the country as well as the support of the FAO Representation in El Salvador.