Strengthening the Right to Adequate Food, FIAN International

With 815 million undernourished people in 2017, the right to food as laid in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still not realized. For the past thirty years, FIAN International has raised awareness about people’s right to food worldwide and expanded spaces for civil society to hold governments more accountable. This project will promote effective participation of rights holders in food security and nutrition policies and governance mechanisms and be complemented by SDC support  to the mandate of the UN Special rapporteur on the right to food.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Droits de la personne
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
Participation démocratique et société civile
Politique agricole
01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020
CHF 2'060'000
Contexte Everyone has a human right to adequate food and nutrition. In spite of the comprehensive framework and the numerous international instruments on the right to food, there is still a wide gap in implementation of these standards, a lack of accountability and a lack of policy coherence at national and global levels. This is compounded by the current shrinking space for civil society to claim the right to food and nutrition, with serious consequences such as the increasing criminalization of right holders.
Objectifs To provide support to the realization of the right to food via two lines of actions – one directed at civil society support (via FIAN) and the other targeting the reinforcement of the mandate of the Special rapporteur on the right to food, in particular her contribution to the decisions of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Groupes cibles Peasant, landless, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisherfolks, women and youth.
Effets à moyen terme FIAN:

Strengthened RtFN legal and policy frameworks in selected countries:

Strengthened RtFN accountability through human rights monitoring at all levels:

Improved policy coherence with the RtFN in global standard setting processes

Special rapporteur on the right to food:

CFS outcomes are influenced with the perspective of the mandate of the Special rapporteur.

The reports of the SR are widely disseminated and media, included social media coverage is enhanced and updated.

Principaux résultats attendus:  


  • Revised legal and policy frameworks on food and nutrition security according to CEDAW General Recommendation No. 34.
  •  Establishment or consolidation of national-level platforms for policy dialogue on the RtFN.
  •  Reference to RtFN frameworks in the Voluntary National
    reviews (VNR) presented in the HLPF in reference to progress on SDG goals 2 and 5.
  •  Establishment or consolidation of national RtFN monitoring spaces in line with the CFS monitoring process.
  •  Enhanced use of the People’s Monitoring process and of the Watch in national-level monitoring processes and accountability mechanisms.
  •  Increased references to the RtFN by regional accountability mechanisms.
  •  Adoption of a global framework on nutrition that is based on the RtFN.
  •  Adoption of general comments and recommendations by UN human rights treaty bodies that reflect a holistic interpretation of the RtFN.
  •  Adoption of versions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and the UN Treaty to Regulate Transnational corporations that reflect strong gender equality language and approach.

Special rapporteur on the right to food:

  •  Strengthened presence of the SR at the CFS
  • Increased promotion of the work of the mandate

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   FIAN:

Enhancement and further coherence of the international normative and policy framework on the RtFN, such as the inclusion of rural women constituencies in the drafting process of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)’s General Recommendation No. 34.

Increased knowledge and ownership on human rights instruments, such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) among local communities, national actors and members of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN).

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Autre organisation internationale
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Other OI

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Human Rights and Conflicts network
Human Security Division
Global governance project of GPFS
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   2'060'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   1'917'200 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF  1'800'000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF  3'780'000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 05.06.2015 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)