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Right to Food in International Law

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Food security; Food sovereignty; Human right to adequate food; Right to feed oneself

Introduction

The right to food is a human right. It protects the right of all human beings to live in dignity, free from hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition. The right to food is protected under international human rights and humanitarian law. The right to food has been defined as 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 ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear (Ziegler 2008, 17).

With almost 870 million people chronically undernourished in 2010–2012, the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high. The vast majority live in developing countries, where about 15% of the populations...

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Frison, C., Claeys, P. (2019). Right to Food in International Law. In: Kaplan, D.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_323

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