The Right to Food around the Globe


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

The Republic of Senegal has become a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1978 by way of ratification. It has signed the Optional Protocol (OP-ICESCR) in 2009, but has not ratified it yet.


National status of international obligations

Article 98: "The treaties or agreements regularly ratified or approved have, on their publication, an authority superior to that of the laws, under reserve, for each treaty or agreement, of its application by the other party."

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

Article 7: "The human person is sacred. It is inviolable. The State has the obligation to respect it and to protect it. Every individual has the right to life, to liberty, to security, to the free development of his personality, to corporeal integrity, notably to protection against all physical mutilations. The Senegalese people recognize the existence of the inviolable and inalienable rights of man as the basis of all human community, of peace and of justice in the world. All human beings are equal before the law. Men and Women are equal in right [droit]. The law promotes [favorise] the equal access of women and men to the mandates and functions. There is in Senegal no constraint [sujet], or privilege arising from birth, from person or from family."

Article 8: "The Republic of Senegal guarantees to all citizens the fundamental individual freedoms, the economic and social rights as well as the collective rights. These freedoms and rights are notably: the civil and political freedoms: freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement [deplacemnent], [and] freedom of manifestation; the cultural freedoms; the religious freedoms; the philosophical freedoms; the syndical freedoms; the freedom of enterprise; the right to education; the right to know how to read and to write; the right to property; the right to work; the right to health; right to a healthy [sain] environment; [and] the right to plural information.These freedoms and these rights are exercised within the conditions provided for by the law."

Article 17: "Marriage and the family constitute the natural and moral base of the human community. They are placed under the protection of the State. The State and the public collectivities have the duty to see to the physical and moral health of the family and, in particular of the handicapped persons and of elderly [âgees] persons. The State guarantees to families in general, and to those living in [the] rural milieu in particular[,] the access to the services of health and of well being. It guarantees equally to women in general and to those living in [the] rural milieu in particular, the right to alleviation of their conditions of life."


Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – 1948

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

Status: Ratification (1978)

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

Status: Ratification (1985)

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

Status: Ratification (1990)

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

Status: Ratification (2010)

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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