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The human right to adequate food is realized when individuals and communities have a healthy, productive and active life, made possible by their nutritional well-being over the entirety of their life spans.

The nutritional dimension must be taken into account at all phases of the food system - from the production of seeds, cultivation, harvesting, marketing, transformation, and purchase all the way to consumption and biological and cultural utilization at the individual level - if nutritional well-being is to be achieved.

Instead of adopting a holistic approach, oftentimes research, policy, trade, and civil society engagement divide their energies between food production on the one hand and malnutrition on the other.  The clear outcome of delinking the human right to adequate food from its nutritional dimension is that food trade profits co-exist with increased hunger, food shortages, and social instability.

Discussions about food are inseparable from those about nutrition in the context of food sovereignty. These discussions should touch upon the diversity, quantity, nutritional composition, quality and type of food production; who produces what, how and where and who makes these decisions; access to and control over productive resources and physical and economic access to food and water; preparation methods; information on diversity and the recommended nutritional balance of diets; and potential health benefits and risks of various foods such as ultra-processed foods, saturated fats, and genetically modified foods, among others.

FIAN International works to close the structural separation and legal isolation between relevant human rights structures and seeks to foster a more holistic understanding of the right to adequate food that encompasses its nutritional dimension in order to ensure the realization of the right for all women, children and men. 

News | 19-10-2015

Food and nutrition: not for sale

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Press Release | 15-10-2015
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World Food Day: an opportunity to reflect on corporate influence

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Press Release | 26-06-2015
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Mali to host next Global Dialogue on the Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition

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Press Release | 12-06-2015
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Nepal

Persisting food shortages highlighted as monsoon nears

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News | 19-05-2015
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Human rights pioneer receives Royal Norwegian Order for work on the right to food

Wenche Barth Eide was conferred the distinguished award for her contribution in consolidating the right to food as a human right. Having cooperated...

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News | Press Release | 29-04-2015
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Nepal earthquake levels the lives and livelihoods of thousands

The country finds itself with a “dire need of emergency rescue and relief”, particularly shelter, water and food, says FIAN Nepal.

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News | 23-04-2015
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Zero hunger bill encouraged by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Despite its fast economic growth, poverty and hunger remain pressing problems in the Philippines, ranking 29th in hunger incidence in the 2014 Human...

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News | 08-04-2015
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Women‘s Perspectives on the Impact of Mining on the Right to Food

A new report by FIAN International     Women‘s Perspectives on the Impact of Mining on the Right to Food highlights the precarious situation of women and...

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News | 02-03-2015
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Right to Food Bill remains imperative to end hunger in Philippines

Civil society organizations in Philippines expressed to the UN Special Rapporteur the crucial role of national legislators to eradicate hunger among...

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News | 05-02-2015
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Concerns arise regarding the implementation of ICN2 outcomes

FIAN International joins with concern International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) member organizations in two statements with respect to the next...

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News | 16-10-2017
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Hungry for Change

Former UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food Jean Ziegler and FIAN International’s Secretary General Sofia Monsalve point to the ongoing food crisis in an opinion article for TeleSUR

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Press Release | 09-10-2017
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If the political role of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is not strengthened, we will continue to move further away from ending global hunger.

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A critical view of SOFI 2017

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Press Release | 12-09-2017
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Press Release | 27-07-2017
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Child’s life at risk due to Guatemala´s noncompliance

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News | 24-07-2017
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Press Release | 29-05-2017
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Fighting big business interest in health governance

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News | 10-03-2017
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2016, a year of awakening, transformation and revolution

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