| 15-10-2018

Time for human rights-based SOFIN?

Ahead of this year’s negotiations at the Committee on World Food Security, FIAN International issues a critical assessment of the 2018 State of Food Insecurity and Nutrition in the World (SOFIN).

The 2018 SOFIN was released in September with the news that in 2017 an alarming 821 million persons suffered from undernourishment, an increase from 784 million in 2015, and with a projected increase in 2018.  The report echoes that we are way off track to achieving the ambitious goal of ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030, as set out in the SDGs.

The authors of the SOFIN report are quick to point out contributing factors that lead to these rising rates: conflict and climate change. However, they fail to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition and to acknowledge the failure of solutions and public policy that meaningfully address, and include, those most affected.

In the view of FIAN International, the increase in global hunger is not taking place inside a vacuum. The world continues to witness regression in human rights commitments across international, regional and national levels, and a failure of governments to fully address issues of accountability.

"Climate change and conflict, which exacerbate hunger and have impacts falling worst on the poorest and most marginalized people, and they are being caused by blatant disregard of human rights and inequitable access to resources. There is a need to re-examine a food system where food for profit trumps human rights, and global inequality is rising rapidly. The SOFIN is an important contribution to the global discourse on food security, but it fails to create an analysis and recommendations that will lead to decreases in global hunger," reads the analysis.

You can access FIAN International's analysis     here

For more information, please contact     mattheisen[at]fian.org