Institutional Capacity Key to Achieving Right to Food, UN Official Says

Aside from boosting food production, increasing the capacities of institutions play a key role in improving the right to food, according to a top United Nations official.

“We tend to forget that in the fight against hunger, processes and institutions are as vital as new seeds; legal frameworks as necessary as agricultural investments; and participatory institutions as impactful in the long term as bags of fertilizers,” said Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food.

In a review of the progress charted by certain countries in implementing the right to food at a national scale, De Schutter stressed that the right to food is now embodied in 24 national constitutions, and has been given “concrete meaning through national framework laws, courts, and participatory bodies.”

Significant progress in implementing the right to food at national scale has already been achieved in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, De Schutter said.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.