Global Governance

Land grabbing protests - CFS 2010
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     Right to Food Guidelines,  "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."

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     Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which was successfully adopted in October 2009.

FIAN's Work

FIAN, together with others within the     International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism, works towards a human rights based     Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition.

The     Right to Food and Nutrition Watch has published several articles on the questions of Global Governance.


Latest News

Press Release | 28-04-2017
Global Governance Land Grabbing Peasants' Rights

Time to change Europe’s land policy

The path to fairer land governance in Europe reached a milestone this week, as the European Parliament approved an own initiative report that recognizes the urgent problems of land concentration, and access to land in the EU and demands for adequate responses.

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30 years | 31-03-2017
Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

The Right to Feed off Today’s Sustainability

April’s issue explores the right of future generations to live off a sustainable world that is not compromised by present actions and policies.

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News | 10-03-2017
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance GNRtFN

2016, a year of awakening, transformation and revolution

Amid times of change, FIAN International continued supporting struggles for the right to food and nutrition, says its annual report.

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Press Release | 10-12-2016
Global Governance

Weakening of human rights standards requires urgent action

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.

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News | 22-11-2016
Climate Change Global Governance Land Grabbing Monitoring and Accountability

Cooling the Planet: Frontline communities lead the struggle

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.

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Press Release | 18-11-2016
Global Governance GNRtFN Peasants' Rights Seeds

Human rights approach for EU action on seeds

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.

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Press Release | 24-10-2016
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance

Week of Mobilization to #StopCorporateAbuse

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.

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Report | 18-10-2016
Global Governance Land Grabbing Natural Resources Seeds

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

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Legal Brief | 17-10-2016
Extraterritorial Obligations Global Governance Justiciability Natural Resources

Monsanto Tribunal: States also accountable

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.

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Press Release | 17-10-2016
Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

CFS 43 needs to reassure independence

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.

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