At World Food Summit, U.S. Civil Society Calls for Accountability and Access
Washington, DC – On November 16-18, 2009 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hosted the World Food Summit in Rome, Italy to confront food insecurity around the world. US-based civil society called on the U.S. government to play a leadership role in ensuring that US food policy does not violate the right to adequate food — that guarantee of access to food and the means for its procurement.
As the number of food insecure persons around the world surpasses one billion, the World Bank predicts that cereal prices will continue to rise in the future. With these rising prices, it is the most vulnerable of communities and peoples that are the hardest hit. To confront this human rights crisis, the RFK Center for Human Rights has partnered with organizations from across the fields of food and agriculture to call for an international response that will protect developing countries from the risk of economic shocks and increasingly volatile food prices. From donor accountability and transparency, to renewed investment and support for the rural sector, to a reform of the Committee on World Food Security, the road to end hunger requires that those most affected be central to the solution.
To read the RFK Center for Human Rights’ statements leading up to the summit,
Policy Brief: A Rights Based Approach to Development Assistance
U.S. NGO Statement: Call for U.S. Leadership at the World Food Summit
For more information on the World Food Summit, please visit the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations at: www.fao.org
To read a message from Mr. Olivier De Schutter, Special Rap2011-11-23orteur on the right to food, in advance of the World Summit, please visit: www.srfood.org