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Methods to monitor the Human Right to adequate food - Volume I

Making the Case for Rights-Focused and Rights-Based Monitoring







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    Methods to monitor the Human Right to adequate food - Volume II
    An Overview of Approaches and Tools
    2009
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    This Guide provides different methodologies for monitoring the right to adequate food. It is addressed to technical staff in public sector institutions and civil society organisations responsible for planning and monitoring food security, nutrition and poverty reduction policies and programmes. This guide helps to examine the results and impacts of policies and projects, against specific goals that have been set as desired outcomes for the enjoyment of the human right to adequate food.
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    Monitoring Framework for Implementation of the Human Right to Adequate Food in Nepal 2017
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    The publication presents the way to undertake a contextual interpretation of the international normative standards on the Human Right to Adequate Food in Nepal, including how relevant provisions under the domestic law could be integrated in a framework for identifying indicators. Although the normative approach to the RtAF is well established in the international human rights narrative, and a framework to operationalize it is also available at international level, it is necessary for that framew ork to be contextualised in order to effectively address specific needs of different countries. In Nepal, the right to food enjoys a broad political and legal endorsement, and its normative implications go well beyond the international norms. These achievements called for the development of a context-appropriate framework for monitoring this human right in the country. The publication is divided into three chapters: chapter 1 provides a brief overview of the context and objectives for developin g the monitoring framework; chapter 2 uses available tools and methodologies developed at the international level to inform the contextualisation of right to food indicators for use in Nepal; finally, chapter 3 outlines how right to food indicators and monitoring framework can be operationalized at various levels, from national to local level. The publication discusses data generating mechanisms, highlights the role of different actors and institutions working in the field of the right to food, and provides guidance on the use of the framework. The annexes provide technical and supportive information to facilitate the application of identified indicators and the overall monitoring framework. Targeted users of this document are government, public agencies, civil society, researchers, academics and international organizations working towards the progressive realizations of the right to food in Nepal.
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    The Current Status of the Right to Adequate Food in Food Security and Nutrition Policy Designs
    Right to Food Thematic Study 1.
    2014
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    This Thematic Study reviewed the existing food security and nutrition (FSN) policy documents to determine the extent to which the designs of these policies have right to food underpinnings. Even after the Right to Food Guidelines were endorsed by most countries the right to food underpinnings of the FSN policy designs, with notable exceptions, tend to be weak. This tends to be true more for FSN policies in Africa and Asia, even though a few exceptions there can be found. Current FSN policies in Latin America and the Caribbean have the right to food more firmly integrated in their designs, in some cases with transformative qualities with respect to the right to food. A more complete assessment study should identify the facilitating or limiting factors that help explain these inter-regional differences. Currently more examples of FSN policy designs that have some right to food underpinnings may be found as compared to prior to 2005. FSN policies increasingly include guiding principle s for policy implementation that are in part human rights-based. Participation and gender equality are often included. However, what is missing in the policy designs are specific actions to ensure that the conditions exist for the implementation of these principles. In order to strengthen the right to adequate food underpinnings of future FSN policy designs national governments should be encouraged to formulate food security and nutrition policies that are in line with the state obligation to f acilitate the progressive realization of the right to adequate food. National governments should review and periodically update the design of existing FNS policies with the objective to turn these policies into effective instruments that contribute to the protection and realization of the right to adequate food. With the aim of strengthening the right to food underpinnings of FSN policy designs, a complete right to food assessment should be undertaken, which covers an analysis of the FSN situati on, as well as the legal, policy and institutional frameworks relevant to the right to food, to ensure that the right to food contents of FSN policies are evidence-based. The FSN situation analysis needs to focus more on identifying and characterizing the most vulnerable groups and on drawing out the structural inequities in FSN outcomes. Greater and more effective participation in the formulation (and implementation) of FSN policies by the human rights community, specifically any human rights i nstitution that may exist as well as civil society organizations that focus on human rights, should contribute to strengthening the right to food underpinnings of FSN policies.

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