Income and Social Security
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 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
From Bajo Aguan to West Bengal, passing through Tunis and Essakane, FIAN International’s Annual Report 2015 conducts a succinct review of all its work throughout the year.
On the occasion of International Labor Day, the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRTFN) releases a report on the dire working and living conditions that tea plantations workers face in Assam and West Bengal, two tea producing regions in India.
In sharp contrast to the images of tranquil, lush, green tea gardens, with which consumers are presented, tea plantation workers are paid poverty wages and endure appalling working conditions. Women, who make up 70% of the workforce, are especially affected.
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, FIAN International releases its annual publication, ‘Right to Food Journal’. The publication puts under the spotlight the increasing influence of transnational corporations over policy-making, as well as its detrimental impact on the realization of the human right to food and nutrition.
An International Fact Finding Mission (FFM) headed by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) visited tea plantations in Assam and West Bengal from 27th November 2015 to 4th December 2015.
In the face of the lack of legislation to ensure Philippine citizens’ right to food, UN special rapporteur Hilal Elver recommends the swift passage of the Right to Food Bill, which encompasses the s...
Civil society organizations in Philippines expressed to the UN Special Rapporteur the crucial role of national legislators to eradicate hunger among Filipinos
FIAN International welcomes the Concluding Observations by the UN Committee on ESCR to Nepal, which reflect many of the suggestions brought forward in the Parallel Report of FIAN Nepal
On Human Rights Day 2014, FIAN International launches urgent action letter campaign