| 07-11-2016

The right to grow up in a nourishing environment

The next issue explores the full spectrum of children’s right to food, whose true realization depends on the fulfillment of all rights and is a prerequisite to ensure their right to education.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five, which accounts for 3.1 million each year overall. According to recent estimates, one in four of the world's children are stunted and 66 million of primary school-age go to class hungry across the developing world.
 
While these conditions are the result of the lack of or inefficient social protection policies by the State, the absence of employment opportunities and the discrimination against women, amongst others, the non-realization of their right to adequate food also prevents children from pursuing their basic rights, including their right to education. This is a vicious circle that not only puts their lives at risk but also perpetuates poverty.

The human right to food and nutrition of children is a comprehensive concept intrinsically linked to the full realization of children’s rights. This right must be respected and fulfilled in an integrated manner by ensuring that all structural causes of hunger and malnutrition are addressed. 

On this note, and although there exists significant protection for children, the Convention on the Rights of the Child lacks a holistic understanding of children’s right to food and nutrition, as it is  only subsumed under the Convention’s Article 24 in relation to their right to health. 
What are the required approaches and measures to ensure appropriate protection and a nourishing environment for children? Is it necessary to work towards the adoption of a General Comment on Children’s Right to Food and Nutrition? 

Read the series “    Children:The right to grow up in a nourishing environment”.