Giving realisation to the 'right to food'

SOURCE: Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Motala
KEYWORDS: FOOD SECURITY, GENDER EQUALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6750

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Abstract

The right to food is a fundamental human right enshrined in international law. Evidence suggests that there has been little progress towards achieving this right. This introduction to this special issue explores the meaning of this right and, based on available evidence, suggests that to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty, a necessary precondition is that gender equality is addressed. Our responses need to address both long-term structural issues, such as changing the power relationships in society, as well as short-term measures necessary to mitigate the harsh impacts of hunger and poverty, particularly for children. Some examples of social protection measures that are proving effective in this regard are given.