Global Governance

Land grabbing protests - CFS 2010
At first glance, the question "who decides about food and nutrition?" seems to be a rhetorical one.  It would seem natural that the people themselves make decisions about their own nutrition. The right to decide and to control one’s own food is inherent to the human right to adequate food.  This decision is to be made by the rights-holders themselves.  However, in reality, hundreds of millions of people on this planet, especially those most affected by hunger and malnutrition, have lost the power to make these decisions, at least in part.

The power of decision making

The human rights approach, as outlined in the     Right to Food Guidelines,  "includes certain key principles: the need to enable individuals to realize the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs, the right to freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information, including in relation to decision making about policies on realizing the right to adequate food."

As a result, based on the principles of universality, interdependency, indivisibility and the interrelation of all human rights, people are fully entitled to enjoy the rights to information and participation in decision making on food and nutrition issues, and to hold duty bearers accountable.

There is a growing international consensus on the need for governance reform.  Emphasis was placed on the reform of the     Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which was successfully adopted in October 2009.

FIAN's Work

FIAN, together with others within the     International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism, works towards a human rights based     Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition.

The     Right to Food and Nutrition Watch has published several articles on the questions of Global Governance.


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Press Release | 25-10-2018
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Press Release | 28-09-2018
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Press Release | 11-07-2018
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News | 11-07-2018
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Press Release | 21-06-2018
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USA announcement takes place against a backdrop of violence against migrant families and a neglect of an increasingly food insecure population in its own country.

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News | 09-05-2018
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News | 10-04-2018
Global Governance Natural Resources

Policy dialogue spaces and multi-actor platforms

In collaboration with UN FAO, FIAN International launches a paper analyzing the potential and challenges of policy dialogue spaces, such as multi-actor platforms, to advance human rights-based governance of tenure.

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