People-Centered Food Systems: Fostering Human Rights Approaches

This project applies a human rights-based approach to food security and nutrition. This consortium effort aims to improve the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).

The project team seeks to use advocacy, build capacity, and develop accountability tools to better integrate human rights frameworks within food system policy and action. Initial project activities are taking place in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Uganda with the intention of scaling up the approach to other countries in later phases and producing global guidance on this issue.

Led by Dr. Jessica Fanzo, the project consortium includes academics, development practitioners, ethicists, and lawyers from Johns Hopkins University, RikoltoInternational Institute of Rural Reconstruction, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.

About the Project

The “People-Centered Food Systems: Fostering Human Rights-based Approaches Project” applies a human rights-based approach to food security and nutrition. The project aims to identify, characterize, and address constraints and lack of accountability of governments that impede rural and peri-urban food producers and other food system actors (who are also consumers) from participating in decisions and inhibit them from realizing their rights to food security at both the global and national and sub-national levels. The goal of the project is to contribute to improving and embedding equity and right into policies and programs to improve food systems and food access issues among key disadvantaged and marginalized populations, particularly rural and peri-urban producers working across food systems.

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