The FAO as a right to food organization

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Monday 4 March 2013

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown itself capable of promoting coherent forms of agricultural development that support marginalized food producers and tackle hunger durably. But how systematically does the agency support this kind of change? And how compatible are the various agricultural models that the FAO supports?

The Special Rapporteur presented the findings of his 2012 mission to the FAO today in Geneva, welcoming the agency’s initial efforts to support the right to food, but calling for this approach to be mainstreamed across all programming. "The institution is entirely capable of being more than a support office for implementing à la carte food security operations. But it is yet to systematically promote food as the human right that it is," he said.

Read the report in English.

Read the op ed in The Guardian.

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