Civil Society organizations, members of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) gather in Jakarta Indonesia for its fifth global meeting. For four days, representatives of more than 20 organizations discussed the challenges and rising threats in the struggle to end hunger just as the role of the Global Network.
One of the main discussions centered around the increasing support that extremely conservative and authoritarian ideas are receiving around the world. According to the participants, such trend is contributing to significant regression of human rights commitments, ultimately compromising the gains that human rights organizations and other social movements have made in the last 50 years, including the right to food.
Members of the Global Network also expressed their concern with the emergence of new threats caused by misguided implementations of technological advancements. The capture of data from land and seeds, the patenting of living organisms, the financialization of land, and the implementation of genetic modifications on plants and animals, just to mention a few, promise to change all future discussions on the right to food drastically.
On the other hand, the event also helped the organizations to reflect upon some of the advancements that have been achieved. In this sense, the Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, adopted in December 2018, was highlighted as a result of a long social movement struggle.
Overall the event contributed to the strengthening the Global Network as a growing space of convergence for the global movement for the right to food and nutrition.
You can read the final declaration from the event here.
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