Fundamental but still contentious: Right to Food at the CFS

Rural Sociology’s Jessica Duncan is currently at the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). She and Nadia Lambek are live covering the meeting. Their previous contribution was an introduction to the CFS: ‘5 things you need to know about the CFS’.

Food Governance

This blog was originally posted here on the Event Blog of the Committee on World Food Security. It was written by Nadia Lambek and Jessica Duncan.

CFS in action (photo by X. Jiang) CFS42 (photo by X. Jiang)

When the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) reformed in 2009 it identified the promotion of the right to food as one of its goals. This was an important development, as recognizing human rights is fundamental to achieving food security.

Despite this development, however, the issue of human rights is still contentious within the CFS. Participants continue to clash over whether to include human rights in the CFS’s outputs and on whether or not to adopt a rights-based perspective in making policy recommendations.

Observers attending the first plenary session of the CFS might have been surprised to see that very few governments chose to mention human rights and the right to food in their opening addresses.  Indeed, these…

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About Aniek Hebinck

Aniek is a Jr. Researcher at the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University. She is interested in unfolding sustainability practices and exploring how these are constructed. In this she is combining her background in nutrition and sociology with her love for food by focusing on food provisioning.

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