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Olivier De Schutter. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

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On 26 March 2008, the UN Human Rights Council approved the President’s proposal to appoint Prof. Olivier De Schutter the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. The right to adequate food is realized ‘when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. The right to adequate food shall therefore not be interpreted in a narrow or restrictive sense which equates it with a minimum package of calories, proteins and other specific nutrients. The right to adequate food will have to be realized progressively. However, States have a core obligation to take the necessary action to mitigate and alleviate hunger even in times of natural or other disasters’ (General Comment No. 12, at para. 6). For the Special Rapporteur, the right to food is the right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.

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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 18 November 2013
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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 19 July 2013
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Indian food security bill is ’victory for the right to food’ – Special Rapporteur in New Delhi
¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 8 July 2013
[8 July 2013] NEW DELHI – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, has welcomed new legislation in India that will form the basis for the largest food subsidy programme in the world. read more

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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 21 May 2013
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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 21 May 2013
[21 May 2013] GENEVA – A group of United Nations human rights experts today called* for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability. The statement came as UN Member States will discuss this week in New York how to shape a new set of (...) read more

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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 10 May 2013
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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 10 May 2013
[10 May 2013] BRUSSELS - On the occasion of World Fair Trade Day 2013 (11.05.2013) the Special Rapporteur released the following Q&A document, entitled 'The contribution of Fair Trade to securing human rights in agriculture', to take stock of the role of the Fair Trade movement in achieving (...) read more

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¤ nicholas.jacobs@uclouvain.be (Nick Jacobs) ¤ 23 April 2013
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