Treating food as a human right brings coherence and accountability: De Schutter

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Olivier de Schutter

"At a time when multiple, conflicting visions for food security have been put on the table, it is impressive to see so many States adopting laws, policies and strategies to realize the right to food, and so many people driving forward what is now a global right to food movement," UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.

He stressed "What I have seen is that food security laws and policies based on rights and entitlements – to productive resources, to accessing foodstuffs, to social protection – is 'food security-plus', adding, It can transcend changes in the political, economic and agricultural landscape and make lasting inroads against hunger."

"Treating food as a human right brings coherence and accountability. It helps to close the gaps by putting food security of all citizens at the top of the decision-making hierarchy, and making these decision-making processes participatory and accountable."

Mr. De Schutter used his final report to the UN General Assembly, after six years as Special Rapporteur, to identify where and how progress had been made in implementing the right to food, and to outline further steps that must be taken to make it a fully operational right.

His report was based on eleven country missions, submissions from a range of States from all regions, and regional right to food consultations in Latin America and the Caribbean (2011), Eastern and Southern Africa (2012) and West Africa (2013).

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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