Nutrition

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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. 

22-04-2001
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition Venezuela

The Right to Adequate Food in Venezuela

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11-04-2001
Nutrition Bolivia

The Right to Adequate Food in Bolivia

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21-08-2000
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The Right to Adequate Food in Sudan

FIAN Parallel Report submitted at the occasion of the 23rd session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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05-04-2000
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition Egypt

The Right to Adequate Food in Egypt

Parallel report to the initial report of Egypt concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic,...

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05-04-1999
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Cameroon

The Right to Adequate Food in Cameroon

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01-01-1999
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Israel

The Right to Adequate Food (Art. 11) in Israel and the Occupied Territories

Parallel information to the initial report of Israel concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant on...

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04-12-1998
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Germany

Social Human Rights in the Federal Republic of Germany

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02-04-1998
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Nigeria

The right to adequate food (Art. 11) and violations of this right in Nigeria

Parallel report to the initial report of Nigeria concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic,...

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16-05-1997
Nutrition Monitoring and Accountability Russia

The right to adequate food (Art. 11) and violations of this right in the Russian Federation

Parallel information to the initial report of the Russian Federation concerning the right to adequate food as enshrined in the International Covenant...

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