Nutrition

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The human right to adequate food is realized when individuals and communities have a healthy, productive and active life, made possible by their nutritional well-being over the entirety of their life spans.


The nutritional dimension must be taken into account at all phases of the food system - from the production of seeds, cultivation, harvesting, marketing, transformation, and purchase all the way to consumption and biological and cultural utilization at the individual level - if nutritional well-being is to be achieved.

Instead of adopting a holistic approach, oftentimes research, policy, trade, and civil society engagement divide their energies between food production on the one hand and malnutrition on the other.  The clear outcome of delinking the human right to adequate food from its nutritional dimension is that food trade profits co-exist with increased hunger, food shortages, and social instability.

Discussions about food are inseparable from those about nutrition in the context of food sovereignty. These discussions should touch upon the diversity, quantity, nutritional composition, quality and type of food production; who produces what, how and where and who makes these decisions; access to and control over productive resources and physical and economic access to food and water; preparation methods; information on diversity and the recommended nutritional balance of diets; and potential health benefits and risks of various foods such as ultra-processed foods, saturated fats, and genetically modified foods, among others.

FIAN International works to close the structural separation and legal isolation between relevant human rights structures and seeks to foster a more holistic understanding of the right to adequate food that encompasses its nutritional dimension in order to ensure the realization of the right for all women, children and men. 

01-09-2003
Trade Nutrition Global Governance Monitoring and Accountability

Agreement on Agriculture of the WTO and the Right to Food

Trade and Human Rights, The Agreement on Agriculture of the WTO and the Right to Food

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04-05-2003
Nutrition Argentina

Right to Food in Argentina

Report of the International Fact Finding Mission to Argentina April 2003

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13-03-2003
Nutrition

Voluntary Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Adequate Food

Voluntary Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Adequate Food. A Joint North-South Contribution.

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21-02-2003
Agrarian Reform Nutrition South Africa

Agrarian Reform and the Right to Adequate Food in South Africa

Fact-finding Report

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01-01-2002
Nutrition

FIAN Successes - Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Editor: FIAN International Secretariat

Printed in Heidelberg

Responsible editor: Marie Ganier-Raymond and Sandra Epal

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01-12-2001
Natural Resources Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition

Starving the Future

Eco-Destruction and the Human Right to Food

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22-04-2001
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition Venezuela

The Right to Adequate Food in Venezuela

Parallel report to the initial report of Venezuela concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant of...

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11-04-2001
Nutrition Bolivia

The Right to Adequate Food in Bolivia

Parallel report to the initial report of Bolivia concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic,...

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21-08-2000
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition Sudan and South Sudan

The Right to Adequate Food in Sudan

FIAN Parallel Report submitted at the occasion of the 23rd session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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05-04-2000
Monitoring and Accountability Nutrition Egypt

The Right to Adequate Food in Egypt

Parallel report to the initial report of Egypt concerning Economic, Social and Cultural Rights enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic,...

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