Income and Social Security

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The right to food is linked to the right to land and other productive resources for those depending on the right to feed themselves. Moreover the right to food is linked to the right to work and the right to earn income sufficient for a decent living including adequate food.

Basic income policy is one tool that can raise the standard of living

For those who cannot earn sufficient income for reasons beyond their control, such as the unemployed, single mothers, elderly people, chronically ill people or children, the right to food implies the right to receive a social transfer income sufficient to provide an adequate standard of living including sufficient food at all times.

States therefore must provide minimum income programs indexed at the cost of living. Such programs provide the foundation for programs and policies implementing social rights including the human right to social security. They must not be misused, however, as a substitute for policies that guarantee people’s participation in economic life.

Basic income policy is one tool that, if effectively implemented, can raise the standard of living of these affected groups by providing the means for procuring food and promoting the fundamental human right to be free from hunger.

FIAN's Work

FIAN International works together with civil society organizations and social movements for the implementation of public policies that guarantee decent income for work, and adequate income from transfer programs sufficient to access adequate food. If states fail in their related obligations, FIAN demands legal remedies for the victims. FIAN promotes the discussion of universal basic income programs

 

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Press Release | 04-12-2015
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