| 07-10-2014

10 Years of the Right to Food Guidelines - Progress, Obstacles and the Way Ahead

Civil Society Synthesis Paper for the 41st Session of the UN Committee on World Food Security

Ten years ago, in November 2004, the FAO Council adopted the     Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.

But what happened in the last ten years? What trends and events have shaped the context in which the right to food must be implemented? What, if any, successes at implementation have been achieved at the national, regional, and global level? What obstacles and challenges have inhibited progress? And how do we move forward to ensure a world where every person and community can enjoy the right to adequate food and nutrition?

To mark the 10th anniversary of the RtAF Guidelines, civil society and social movements contributing to the promotion and defense of the human right to adequate food and food sovereignty have embarked on a critical assessment of where we are now in the struggle for solidifying the human right to adequate food and nutrition and where we must go.

This paper is a product of a broad civil society consultation process, facilitated by the     Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition, with the political support of the member organizations of the     Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security.