The issues on which we base our work

The human right to food

The right to food is one of the most widely violated human rights. Although enough food is produced to feed the world, it is estimated that more than 850 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Only a small percentage can be attributed to natural catastrophes or civil wars. The vast majority suffer from chronic hunger in everyday life.
Scarce or low quality food, contaminated water and the resulting diseases are part of the normal course of life for these women, men and children. They lack control over basic resources like land, seeds or income to be able to feed themselves adequately. They also lack political power and access to justice to claim their rights.

Natural Resources

Burkina Faso - Dry Earth

The majority of the hungry and malnourished people worldwide live where food is produced – in rural areas...

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Land Grabbing

Cambodia Land Grab © Roman Hare

The highly unequal distribution of land ownership in many countries remains an issue of concern... 

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Agrofuels

There are a number of threats to the right to adequate food arising from agrofuel production... 

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Climate Change

Climate change is caused by human activities and has extensive negative impacts on the fulfillment of human rights.  

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Peasants' Rights

Peasants are particularly affected by hunger...

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Indigenous Peoples

Protection of indigenous groups is extremely important...  

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Nutrition

Nutrition is an important factor in food security.

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Gender

Although formal gender equality has been enshrined in international law athe de facto enjoyment of the right to food is all too often gender biased...      Read more.

Income and Social Security

More than 800 million people are hungry today, often as a result of local, national or international policies that are developed outside the context of a human rights framework.  

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Monitoring and Accountability

Close monitoring of (inter-) governmental policies is essential to hold governments and the international community accountable.

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Global governance

Who decides about food and nutrition? The right to decide and to control which food to have is inherent to the human right to adequate food.     Read more.

Extraterritorial Obligations

Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) have gained importance - in the fields of development assistance, trade and investment, and the regulation of transnational corporations.

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Justiciability

The right to food is justiciable, when victims not only claim their rights politically, but also have the opportunity to go before a court....      Read more.