The Right to Food around the Globe

  Cabo Verde

The Constitution of Republic of Cabo Verde does not explicitly guarantee the right to adequate food.

Republic of Cabo Verde has become a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1993 by way of accession. It has ratified the Optional Protocol (OP-ICESCR) in 2014.


National status of international obligations

Article 17 (3): “Constitutional and legal norms regarding fundamental rights may be interpreted and integrated in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Article 17 (3): “As normas constitucionais e legais relativas aos direitos fundamentais devem ser interpretadas e integradas de harmonia com a Declaração Universal dos Direitos do Homem.”

Other pertinent provisions for the realization of the right to adequate food

Article 1(1): “Cape Verde is a sovereign, unitary, and democratic Republic, which guarantees respect for the dignity of the human being and recognizes the inviolability and inalienability of Human Rights as the basis of all human community, peace and justice.”

Article 1(1): “ Cabo Verde é uma República soberana, unitária e democrática, que garante o respeito pela dignidade da pessoa humana e reconhece a inviolabilidade e inalienabilidade dos direitos humanos como fundamento de toda a comunidade humana, da paz e da justiça.”


Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 1948

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) – 1966

Status: Accession (1993)

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) – 1979

Status: Accession (1980)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – 1989

Status: Accession (1992)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – 2006

Status: Ratification (2011)

Legislation and policies recognizing the right to adequate food

Guidance on how to progressively realise the human right to adequate food in contexts of national food security has been provided by the Right to Food Guidelines, adopted by the FAO Council and endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security.

Considering that the human right to adequate food can be implemented through a variety of legal and policy actions, we invite you to visit the FAOLEX Country Profile database for a wide-ranging collection of measures that have been taken at national level. Some of the documents you may find are legislation and policies that touch on a number of relevant Guidelines, such as those on Access to resources and assets (Guideline 8), Food safety and consumer protection (Guideline 9), Support for vulnerable groups (Guideline 13) and Natural and human-made disasters (Guideline 16).

Here below you can find policies and legislation that explicitly mention the right to food

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