A human rights organization

FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition.

FIAN’s vision is a world free from hunger, in which every woman, man and child can fully enjoy their human rights in dignity, particularly the right to adequate food, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.

FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world. FIAN is a not-for-profit organization without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status to the United Nations.

FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. The struggle against gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion is integral part of our mission. We strive to secure people's access to the resources that they need in order to feed themselves, now and in the future.

Our Structure

A membership based organisation, FIAN international's institutional members are its     national sections: legal entities in their own right and wit their own membership and elected decision-making bodies. All FIAN chapters work within the FIAN mandate, laid down in the     Statutes.

The overall mission, vision and the strategy of FIAN is defined and revised by the International Council (IC), comprised of delegates from each of the sections, who meet biennially. The IC elects the International Board (IB) (previously International Executive Committee). The IB supervises the implementation of FIAN’s strategic plans and meets bi-annually to review and develop strategies about FIAN programs, methods and budgets.

The operative working unit in charge of the execution of FIAN’s programs is the International Secretariat (IS) located in offices in Heidelberg (Germany) and Geneva (Switzerland), and coordinated by the Secretary General, Sofía Monsalve.

FIAN International was originally founded as "FoodFirst Information and Action Network - FIAN".

Current members of the International Board

FIAN International Board members
  • President: Anita Klum (Sweden)
  • Vice President: Huguette Akplogan Dossa (Benin)
  • Treasurer: Markus Greiling (Germany)
  • Anne Bellows (USA)
  • John Bosco (India)
  • Jorge Gimenez (Brazil)
  • Angela Mulenga (Zambia)
  • Sarba Raj Khadka (Nepal)
  • Milton Yulán (Ecuador)