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The Future of Food and Agriculture: trends and challenges

Resources - Year: 2017

The report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be done. What emerges is that “business as usual” is no...

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The Rights to Social Protection and Adequate Food: Human rights‐based frameworks for social protection in the context of realizing the right to food and the need for legal underpinnings

Resources - Author: Alejandro Morlachetti / Year: 2016

The right to adequate food lies at the heart of the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That concept takes into consideration the availability, access and adequacy of food, and that individuals, alone or in community with others, may acquire food through their...

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Realizing the Right to Social Security and the Right to Food (ESS Working Paper No. 51)

Resources - Author: Stephen Devereux / Year: 2015

This paper identifies conceptual synergies and dissonances between food security and income security. It considers the contribution of mainstream social protection instruments, such as cash transfers, to food security. The paper presents specific food security policies that would strengthen the ability of national social protection floors to address food...

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FAO Releases the 2015 State of Food and Agriculture

Today, FAO released its annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA). The theme of this year’s SOFA report is Social Protection and Agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty. The theme comes at a crucial time. September marked the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, where the...

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The Right to Adequate Food (Fact Sheet No. 34)

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than one billion people are undernourished. Over two billion suffer from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in their food. Nearly six million children die every year from malnutrition or related diseases, that is about...

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World Food Day Blog

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The World Food Day blog’s main objective is to offer a space for the exchange of ideas related to the goal, purpose, design, implementation and assessment of social protection programmes in developing countries. The blog is written by professionals engaged in field and policy work  and aspires to raise...

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Social Protection and Cash Transfer Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Resources - Year: 2013

Benjamin Davis, team leader of FAO-led From Protection to Production (PtoP) project, explains Social Protection in relation to FAO’s work and mandate. In particular he focuses on impacts of social cash transfers on rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa and how these programmes can contribute to broader economic and agriculture...

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General comment No. 12: The right to adequate food (Art. 11)

Resources - Author: CESCR / Year: 1999

This General Comment has been adopted by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, mandated with overseeing the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Link to document in English Link to document in French Link to document in...

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment to improve food security and nutrition

Resources - Author: FAO, IFAD, WFP / Year: 2014

This report presents the most recent estimates of undernourishment and shows the progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. Findings show that progress in hunger reduction at the global level and in many countries has continued but that substantial additional effort is needed in...

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Food and nutrition

In line with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), the right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in a community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate, accessible and available food or means...

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