The right to food needs legal basis

The right to food has gained significant recognition in Africa, Asia, Latin America and South Asia, but more national institutional reforms are needed to ensure that the fight against hunger is rooted in legal mechanisms, a United Nations expert has said. In Brazil, continuous progress is being made since the launch of the “Zero Hunger” strategy in 2003, according to Mr. De Schutter. Since last year, a minimum of 30 per cent of the food purchased under the school-feeding programme should come, by law, from small family farms and indigenous communities, and for the fiscal year 2009, more than €313 million was budgeted for purchases from family farms, including indigenous communities. In India, following a case filed in 2001 before the Supreme Court, mid-day meal schemes now have almost universal coverage, benefiting more than 118 million Indian children who attend primary school. Read more here.


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