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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.

The right to adequate food should be understood in terms of quantity, quality, safety and cultural acceptability.  In this context, pro-nutrition approaches to food security bridge food production research and policy with the goal of creating healthy and sustainable communities.  Current food systems must respect the dimension of adequacy of the right to food in the context of food production that currently provides half of the world's population with refined food, and which is focused on a relatively limited range of basic cereals often leading to imbalanced diets and problems of overweight, obesity, and micronutrient deficiency.

FIAN's Work

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.


Latest News

News | 02-03-2015
PhilippinesAgrarian ReformIncome and Social SecurityNutrition

Right to Food Bill remains imperative to end hunger in Philippines

Civil society organizations in Philippines expressed to the UN Special Rapporteur the crucial role of national legislators to eradicate hunger among Filipinos    Read more

Statement | 30-01-2015
Monitoring and AccountabilityNutritionGlobal Governance

Concerns arise regarding the implementation of ICN2 outcomes

FIAN International joins with concern International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) member organizations in two statements with respect to the next steps for the implementation of the ICN2 outcomes    Read more

News | 17-12-2014
NepalIncome and Social SecurityIndigenous PeoplesNutrition

Nepal to address causes of poverty and malnutrition with a human rights-based strategy

FIAN International welcomes the Concluding Observations by the UN Committee on ESCR to Nepal, which reflect many of the suggestions brought forward in the Parallel Report of FIAN Nepal    Read more

News | 02-12-2014
UgandaIncome and Social SecurityIndigenous PeoplesLand Grabbing

Uganda in the spotlight this week at the UN concerning human rights violations

FIAN International and the Uganda Coalition on ESCR present their concerns before the pre-session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and request the Government of Uganda to take steps towards the full realization of these rights in the country    Read more

Statement | 21-11-2014
NutritionGlobal Governance

Civil Society and Social Movements present their final declaration at the ICN2

Public interest Civil Society Organizations and social movmemets will read today during the plenary of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) their final declaration    Read more

Journal | 17-11-2014
ParaguayBurkina FasoNutrition

Right to Food Journal 2014 is launched

The 2014 edition of the Right to Food Journal highlights the advantages of working with the broadened concept of the human right to adequate food and nutrition.    Read more

Statement | 14-11-2014
NutritionMonitoring and Accountability

Civil society states its position on the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition

Public interest civil society organizations express the elements of common concerns regarding the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) planned for Rome next week.    Read more

Statement | 14-10-2014
Global GovernanceIncome and Social SecurityNutritionMonitoring and Accountability

CSOs urge policies coherent with the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition

A statement by the CSO Delegation to the Open-Ended Working Group of the International Conference On Nutrition 2 (ICN2) expresses disappointment of negotiations on nutrition    Read more

Press Release | 24-09-2014
NutritionGlobal Governance

Tackling the root causes of malnutrition, the needed step to secure the right to adequate food for all

Geneva, 24 September 2014 - Member States gathered in Geneva on 22 and 23 September for an Open-Ended Working Group organised by WHO and FAO with the aim of finding an agreement on the Political Declaration for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which will be held in Rome from 19 to 21 November.    Read more

Statement | 23-09-2014

CSO Statement to the ICN 2 Open Ended Working Group

Document prepared as a joint effort by the public interest civil society organizations actively engaging in the preparatory process for the International Conference on Nutrition 2    Read more