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The Right to Food: Past commitment, current obligation, further action for the future – A Ten-Year Retrospective on the Right to Food Guidelines








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    International dimensions of the right to adequate food
    Right to Food Thematic Study 7
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    The Right to Food Guidelines provide practical tools for the implementation of the right to adequate food primarily in the context of national food security. However, in recognition of the actual and potential national-level effects of international economic transactions and development and humanitarian cooperation, they further lay down a human rights-based framework for relevant international measures, actions and commitments. A review of the implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines shou ld therefore have a component on its international dimensions. In order to support the ten-year retrospective on the Right to Food Guidelines within the Committee on World Food Security in 2014, the Right to Food Team conducted a series of seven thematic studies on the implementation of the Guidelines. The present study reviews the progress made and the challenges faced over the ten years in the areas of international trade and investment, development and humanitarian cooperation policies, and international development loans and debts from the perspectives of the right to adequate food. It looks at relevant practical developments in the context of international cooperation and global governance on the basis of human rights-based frameworks for the different policy areas. The study can be of use to FAO staff and its national and international partners working on food security in general and the right to food in particular.
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    Social protection and an enabling environment for the right to adequate food
    Right to Food Thematic Study 5
    2014
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    This thematic study takes a retrospective glance at social protection over a span of a decade from 2004 to 2014. It presents developments from the perspective of Guidelines 8, 13, 14 and recommended measures for international cooperation and partnership necessary for promoting the right to adequate food. It presents the trajectory of a human rights-based approach to social protection across global and regional policy spaces taking stock of the presence of non-state actors and the emergence of in clusive platforms for multi-stakeholders to engage in policy and implementation of programmes. It highlights opportunities for technical cooperation, knowledge exchange, and financial assistance for social protection and points to the momentum for nationally determined social protection floors with challenges of financing and coherence as regards capacities and commitments of States. The study also looks at the use of social protection in short and long term food security interventions contexts and the emerging evidence of its impact. It suggests the need for looking at processes in addition to outcomes, in particular those that bear upon issues related to accountability, grievance mechanisms, and vulnerable groups.
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    Nutrition, education and awareness raising for the right to adequate food
    Right to Food Thematic Study 6
    2014
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    The objective of this Thematic Study is to show, through current global processes and debates and country-level best practices, how nutrition is an integral part of the right to food, and how education and awareness raising are essential vehicles to facilitate its fulfilment. It argues that nutritious diets and access to education are not only instrumental, but vital to achieving people’s full physical and cognitive potential and health, concepts which are interdependent, indivisible and interre lated with regard to the right to food. The study addresses the benefits of using a human rights-based approach and the PANTHER principles in nutrition, education and awareness interventions, by looking at concrete examples which translate into practice, in whole or in part, some of the guidelines relevant to these topics. These examples illustrate how, by taking targeted, country-level action in a participatory, accountable and non-discriminatory manner, it is possible to create a stronger fou ndation for the realization of the right to food in the long run. Finally, after taking a closer look at the last ten year’s positive evolution in both international and national agendas, the study addresses some of the gaps and challenges primarily related to the implementation of Guidelines 10 and 11, as well as the intrinsically connected Guidelines 13 and 17.

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