World Food Day

Published on HREA.org,

This year’s World Food Day theme, ‘The Right to Food’, highlights a basic human right that is often ignored as severe food insecurity continues to afflict more than 850 million people.

The right to food, according to international law, is the right of every person to have regular access to sufficient, nutritionally adequate and culturally acceptable food for an active, healthy life. It is the right to feed oneself in dignity, rather than the right to be fed.

Source: FAO

Selected learning materials:

Study Guide on the right to Food & Water An introduction to the right to food and water, including key definitions, international standards and references to other advocacy, education and training materials.

World Food Day (by Richard Pierre Claude in: Popular Education for Human Rights: 24 Participatory Exercises for Facilitators and Teachers, HREA). Exercise for a workshop setting about World Food Day (16 October). Participants will learn how to differentiate between “wants” and “needs”; distinguish among: hunger, malnutrition, and starvation; develop some perspectives on global hunger, including the ranking of several countries; develop some comparative skills in analyzing the causes of hunger in your country; devise some policies to respond to issues of hunger, taking “globalization” into account.


Nutrition Rights: The Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition (by George Kent, World Alliance on Nutrition and Human Rights/University of Hawai’i) The purpose of this text is to help readers understand the meaning of economic, social and cultural rights through study of the human right to food and nutrition. The text can be used for self-directed learning, in a training or classroom.

International and regional instruments that guarantee the provision of food/prevention of hunger: … (full text).

(See also HREA’s homepage).

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