Global food security and nutrition

  • "People need to be able to feed themselves according to their needs. To this end, they must either have the possibility to produce their own food or they must obtain sufficient income in order to buy food."

This is stated in the Right to Food. 

However, no other human right is violated as frequently as this one. Unless it is embedded as a central subject in countries‘ national policies, it is seldom realised in a sustainable manner. 

  • The “Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realisation of the Right to Food” summarise the regulatory and institutional framework that is needed to actually enforce this right. 

These guidelines were adopted by the FAO Member States in 2004. They provide important guidance for more governmental responsibility and good governance in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

BMEL gave substantial support to the development of these voluntary guidelines and has, right from the outset, championed this rights-based approach to food security via the Bilateral Trust Fund. 

BTF projects assist developing countries 

  • in strengthening the Right to Food in their political agenda and 
  • in creating suitable political, legal and institutional conditions. 

At international level, BMEL has worked to ensure that the Right to Food was embedded, as a cross-cutting issue, in the objectives and organisational structure of FAO.