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Human rights-based approaches to food systems transformation

Food is a fundamental human right, and the adequacy, accessibility and availability of food are essential for a life in dignity as well as for human development and well-being. However, this basic right is often violated in the current food systems. At the same time, unsustainable food systems have become a main contributor to global environmental degradation, thus contributing to future violations of the right to food. 

Human rights-based approaches focus attention on the situation of particularly marginalized persons and groups and on how their right to adequate food, work etc. should be prioritized in food systems and their transformation. They also acknowledge the impact of food systems on the environment, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Moreover, they take into account possible trade-offs between environmental or economic objectives and the right to food. By considering these interconnected factors, food systems can be transformed to be more sustainable, resilient - and just.

The conference aimed to explore in detail which guidance can be derived for food systems transformation when taking a human rights perspective.

There was a special focus on the following issues:

  1. Crises resilience of food systems
  2. The role of smallholders in food systems transformation
  3. Better governance to transform our food systems
  4. The role of CFS in advancing the right to adequate food

Please find more information in the background paper.

Background paper in spanish

Background paper in french