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[afro-nets] Released today: Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2010

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 
advocacy.

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
http://www.rtfn-watch.org/
Published in October 2010.

For further information, please visit
http://www.rtfn-watch.org/>

or contact: Martin Wolpold-Bosien
+49-177-339 1263, 
mailto:wolpold-bosien@fian.org

Léa Winter 
+49-6221 653 00 30 
mailto:winter@fian.org

Wilma Strothenke
+49-6221 653 00 56.
mailto:strothenke@fian.org

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