| 14-07-2009

Right to Food Quarterly Vol.3, No.2, 2009

The Human Right to Food perspective is crucial in order to address the immediate and root causes of the current World Food Crisis.

This fifth edition of the Quarterly presents analyses of the reaction to the World Food Crisis, including the perspectives of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter and a response by Armin Paasch to the suggestions made by the UN High Level Task Force concerning the World Food Crisis.

Regarding the important task of monitoring violations of the right to food, this edition of the Quarterly formally recognizes an important new tool in this field- the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch.

Also included in this issue are interviews with former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Miloon Kothari, and UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. The former reflects on the advances made with regards to the right to housing during his tenure and the inextricable link between the right to food and the right to housing. The latter comments on plans for her term as Rapportuer.

Amidst all the work being done to promote the right to food and the challenges that lay ahead, it is important to recognize the advances in the field. Thus this issue includes reports on interventions made to promote the right to food in India and Nepal.

To round out the issue are updates on implementation of a national test phase of the IBSA - Indicators, Benchmarks, Scoping and Assessment - Project, a report back from the 2nd Annual ETO Consortium Conference, and an overview of the latest FIAN publications.

Published: November 2008, revised version July 2009, published by FIAN International, Editors: Wilma Strothenke, Nikki Smirl