Lesson Series 38: The Right to Food

The Issue

While the right to food or the right to be free from hunger is a fundamental human right, there are millions of people who struggle on a daily basis to find enough food to survive. This occurs even as a minority of the world’s population lives with overabundant food supplies.

The denial of the right to food does not occur merely due to natural disasters or a lack of resources. All too often, it is caused by systemic negligence and misguided state policies. Hunger is also a result of socio-economic and cultural factors; the factors responsible for hunger usually target certain groups of society. This belies the equality of all individuals, which is the basis of all human rights. For this reason, it is essential to ensure the protection and promotion of the right to food. One way to do this is to ensure that this right, like other rights, is enforceable in a court of law.


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