At first glance, the question "who decides about food and nutrition?" seems to be a rhetorical one. It would seem natural that the people themselves make decisions about their own nutrition. The right to decide and to control one’s own food is inherent to the human right to adequate food. This decision is to be made by the rights-holders themselves. However, in reality, hundreds of millions of people on this planet, especially those most affected by hunger and malnutrition, have lost the power to make these decisions, at least in part.
The power of decision making
The human rights approach, as outlined in the , "includes certain key principles: the need to enable individuals to realize the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs, the right to freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information, including in relation to decision making about policies on realizing the right to adequate food." Right to Food Guidelines
As a result, based on the principles of universality, interdependency, indivisibility and the interrelation of all human rights, people are fully entitled to enjoy the rights to information and participation in decision making on food and nutrition issues, and to hold duty bearers accountable.
There is a growing international consensus on the need for governance reform. Emphasis was placed on the reform of the which was successfully adopted in October 2009. Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
FIAN, together with others within the , works towards a human rights based International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism. Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, FIAN International warns international human rights standards and coherence are undergoing a crisis that is spilling over into right to food and nutrition policy spaces.
The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles releases its first report to boost political consciousness and support mass based movements in their resistance against the privatization agendas.
The EU launch of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016 allowed the first public debate within the European Parliament on the international dimension of seed policies and regulations as well as the implicit role of the EU.
Timed to coincide with the UN Member State negotiations to establish a legally binding instrument to regulate activities by Transnational Corporations, the Treaty Alliance mobilizes in and out Palais des Nations and calls for action.
Synthesis Report on Civil Society experiences regarding use and implementation of the Tenure Guidelines and the challenge of monitoring CFS decisions
A contribution of Civil Society to the Global Thematic Event during the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and to developing an innovative mechanism for the monitoring of CFS decisions and recommendations
A legal document presented to the Monsanto Tribunal underlines that States are accountable for not complying with their obligation to protect against human rights abuses and sheds light on the multinational’s liability under international criminal law.
Strong call to maintain the integrity of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and its ability to act under the premises of its mandate ahead of upcoming session.
FIAN International will facilitate a space for exchange between the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC).
The first series of “The Struggle for the Right to Food and Nutrition” looks into key concepts within the framework of food sovereignty, beyond the frontiers of food security.
Launched this week, the People’s manual on the Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests will serve as a reference for affected communities to assert their rights.