Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2010
“LAND GRABBING AND NUTRITION: CHALLENGES FOR GLOBAL GOVERNANCE”
to be launched in Abidjan, Amsterdam, Andhra Pradesh, Bamenda, Bangui,
Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Cotonou, Dakar, Delhi, Geneva,
Grenoble, Helsinki, Málaga, Mexico city, New Orleans, New York, Ouagadougou,
Penang, Rome, Sokodé, Utrecht, Venice and Vienna.
Heidelberg/Stuttgart/Utrecht, October 7, 2010 - On the occasion of World Food
Day 2010, the second issue of the “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch” will be
presented to the public in over twenty countries by representatives of the
thirteen civil society organizations that are working together to publish this
review. The “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch” is the first and only
international periodical review that monitors state actors’ actions related to
the realization of the right to food and nutrition.
Key messages of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2010:
- The unacceptable number of 925 million people suffering chronic hunger in
a world that has enough food for all is a call for a profound turnaround in
international food and nutrition related policies.
- The far-reaching governance reforms of the global food system initiated in
2009 are a signal of hope. In particular the consensus to establish a more
participatory Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as the one global platform
for coordination is an important step forward.
- However, the new CFS needs to show its effectiveness by taking strong
action against land grabbing and speculation in food commodity markets and by
mainstreaming nutrition into global strategies against hunger.
- The dramatic increase of land grabbing (large scale land acquisitions of
international investors) is alarming. The “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch”
shows how land grabbing aggravates hunger in Africa, Asia and Latin America by
leading to eviction of peasant communities from their main source of
livelihood. During the last 3 years, between 20 and 50 million hectares have
fallen into international investors’ hand, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
- The “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch” makes a strong call to hold
governments and international actors to account under international human
rights law by monitoring the effects of national and international policies and
investments. When politicians or companies are found to be responsible for
generating hunger, their actions need to be investigated and adequate measures
must be taken.
Published annually, the “Right to Food and Nutrition Watch” is a powerful tool
to put pressure on policymakers at the national and international level to take
the human right to food and nutrition into account. The “Right to Food and
Nutrition Watch” provides a platform for human rights experts, civil society
activists, social movements, the media, and scholars to exchange experiences on
how best to carry out right to food and nutrition work, including lobbying and
Published by: Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), FIAN International and
Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO)
Consortium Members: African Network on the Right to Food (ANoRF), Ecumenical
Advocacy Alliance (EAA), DanChurchAid, Habitat International Coalition (HIC),
Observatory Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, People's Health Movement
(PHM), Inter-American Platform for Human Rights, Democracy and Development
(PIDHDD), Rights and Democracy, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA),
and World Organisation against Torture (OMCT).
Available in English, Spanish and French at
Published in October 2010.
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or contact: Martin Wolpold-Bosien
+49-6221 653 00 30
+49-6221 653 00 56.