Democracy from below
For the decennial anniversary of the RtFG, the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch (Bellows et al., 2014) brought out a special publication at the end of 2014 dedicated to the guidelines entitled “Ten Years of the Right to Food Guidelines: Gains, Concerns and Struggles”. Biraj Patnaik, from India’s Right to Food Campaign, is quoted as saying that “[the guidelines] set the stage for a global discourse on the RtAF. They created an environment where the RtAF can form a central part of the discourse on ESCR [economic, social and cultural rights] globally. That’s the biggest achievement” (cited in Carrigan, 2014, p. 15). Within the implementation of food-based strategies there has reportedly been a paradigm shift from that of charity to one of a HRBA. In its offering to celebrate a decade of the RtFG, the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (2014, p. 13) praise this instrument for having “set the stage for a global discourse on economic, social and cultural rights”; “helped to increase the visibility and recognition of adequate food and nutrition as a human right”; “provided a road map to what the full realization of the right to food entails, and the obligations of states in this respect”; and “paved the way for more inclusive processes at the FAO and the CFS more broadly”.
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Publication date: 01 January 2017
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