The Right to Food

Stakeholders play important role in monitoring the right to food

News - 24.06.2019

18 June 2019, Rome- Global efforts are being lead to effect change in favour of sustainable development and Zero Hunger. Entities of different nature are working on studies and research about global instruments and governance frameworks that enshrines the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food. They are contributing to greater accountability thanks to more robust systems for monitoring and evaluating the impact related to food security, nutrition and sustainable, while also fostering greater integration and adaptation of the endorsed guidance. This is crucial to ensure that programmes, policies and investments become a reality.

For instance, Human Rights Watch published last May a report that explicitly focuses on obstacles to ensuring the Right to Food (RTF) in the United Kingdom, in the context of a welfare system in a rich democracy with a relatively well functioning rule of law system. It examines how the rise in food poverty in the country has intersected with a  restructuring of how the welfare benefit system works and austerity-motivated reductions in government expenditure on the welfare budget.

Also, a report by the Observatory of Social Debt -Catholic University of Argentina (UCA)- describes the progress and setbacks of a broad set of indicator in dimension of RTF for children and adolescents. It shows that almost 30% of this group of population does not reach to feed themselves adequate. 

A third example, the Cocoa Barometer 2018, published by a global consortium of civil society organisations, shows that cocoa growing communities, particularly in West Africa, are facing poverty, child labour and deforestation, and that actions to improve their life is having little impact. Some recommendations to tackle sector´s challenge are political will and move from voluntary to mandatory requirements on human rights as well as as transparency.

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