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There is a traditional distinction between two types of human rights. On the one hand, negative or abstract rights that are respected by non-intervention. On the other hand, positive or concrete rights that require resources for its realisation. However, it is nowadays contested whether it is possible to clearly distinguish between these two types of rights.

The right to food can accordingly be divided into the negative right to obtain food by one's own actions, and the positive right to be supplied with food if one is unable to access it. This section provides an overview of international developments relevant to the establishment and implementation of the right to food from the midth century onwards.

Amartya Sen won his Nobel Prize in part for his work in demonstrating that famine and mass starvation in modern times was not typically the product of a lack of food; rather, it usually arose from problems in food distribution networks or from government policies. The right to food is protected under international human rights and humanitarian law. The right to food is recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 25 as part of the right to an adequate standard of living, and is enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Article It is also recognized in many specific international instruments as varied as the Genocide Convention Article 2 , the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees Articles 20 and 23 , [26] the Convention on the Rights of the Child Articles 24 2 c and 27 3 , the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Articles 12 2 , or the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Articles 25 f and 28 1.

There are also such instruments in many national constitutions. There are several non-legally binding international human rights instruments relevant to the right to food. They include recommendations, guidelines, resolutions or declarations. The most detailed is the Right to Food Guidelines. They are a practical tool to help implement the right to adequate food. In , a group of national and international organisations create a proposal to replace the European Union Common Agricultural Policy , which is due for change in The first article of The New Common Food and Agriculture Policy "considers food as a universal human right, not merely a commodity.

State obligations related to the right to food are well-established under international law. They also acknowledge the essential role of international cooperation and assistance in this context. In General Comment no. The ICESCR recognises that the right to freedom from hunger requires international cooperation, and relates to matters of production, the agriculture and global supply.

Article 11 states that:. The implementation of the right to food standards at national level has consequences for national constitutions, laws, courts, institutions, policies and programmes, and for various food security topics, such as fishing, land, focus on vulnerable groups, and access to resources.

National strategies on the progressive realization of the right to food should fulfill four functions:. The right to food imposes on all States obligations not only towards the persons living on their national territory, but also towards the populations of other States. The right to food is only realised when both national and international obligations are complied with. On the one hand, is the effect of the international environment and, in particular, climate change, malnutrition and food insecurity.

On the other hand, the international community can only contribute if legal frameworks and institutions are established at the national level. Under article 2 2 of the ICESCR , governments agreed that the right to food will be exercised without discrimination on grounds of sex, colour, race, age, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

A framework law is a "legislative technique used to address cross-sectoral issues. However, competent authorities and further legislation which still have to determine specific measures should be taken.

This development is likely to increase in the coming years. Advantages of framework law includes that the content and scope of the right can be further specified, state and private actor obligations can be spelled out in detail, appropriate institutional mechanisms can be established, and rights to remedies can be provided for. Further advantages of framework laws include: However, provisions for obligations and remedies in existing framework law is not always very thorough, and it is neither always clear what they add to the justiciability of the right to food.

As of , the following ten countries have adopted a framework law on food security or the right to food: There are various ways in which constitutions can take the right to food or some aspect of it into account. In addition to those, the right can also indirectly be recognised when other human rights are interpreted by a judiciary. Firstly, the right to food is explicitly and directly recognised as a right in itself or as part of a broader human right in 23 countries.

The following nine countries recognise the right to food as a separate and stand-alone right: For a specific segment of the population the right to food is recognised in ten countries. Provisions regarding the right to food of children are present in the constitutions of: The right to food of indigenous children is protected in the constitution of Costa Rica. Finally, the right to food of detainees and prisoners is additionally recognised in the constitution of South Africa.

Every day too many men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. Even more — one in three — suffer from some form of malnutrition. Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the great challenges of our time. Not only do the consequences of not enough — or the wrong — food cause suffering and poor health, they also slow progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.

Every day, WFP and its partners work to bring us closer to a zero hunger world. With our humanitarian food assistance, we provide nutritious food to those in urgent need. The world has made great progress in reducing hunger: There are million fewer hungry people than in , despite a 1.

But there is still a long way to go, and no one organization can achieve Zero Hunger if it works alone. If we want to see a world free of hunger by , governments, citizens, civil society organizations and the private sector must collaborate to invest, innovate and create lasting solutions.

Economic development, through its indirect impact on social and cultural factors, lowers fertility rates. International policies that interfere with economic development thus interfere with a developing nation's ability to manage its population growth. A concern for population growth must therefore be a part of a broader concern for a more rapid rate of economic and social development in the developing countries.

In the final analysis, and in both the developed and developing worlds, the population issue is about humane and not about numbers. It is misleading and an injustice to the human condition to see people merely fit; consumers. Their well being and security old age security, declining child mortality, health care, and so on are the goal o development Almost any activity that increases well-being and security lessens peoples' desires to have more children than they and national ecosystems can support.

Growth in Numbers Population growth accelerated in the middle of the 18th century with the advent of the Industrial Revolution and associated improvements in agriculture, not just in the regions that are more developed but elsewhere as well. The recent phase of deceleration started around with the sharp reduction in mortality rates in the developing countries.

Since it has been fashionable to draw a distinction between population and environment as two crisis areas, but often times we forget that population is in fact a very integral part of the environment and therefore when we are addressing ourselves to population we are looking at not only the physical, biological, and chemical environments, we are also looking at the socio-cultural or socio-economic environment in which these development programmes are being set.

And population makes much more sense if you are talking of population within a context. Between and The processes of population growth are changing in most developing countries as birth and death rates fall. In the early s, practically all developing countries had birth rates over 40 and death rates over 20, the major exception being the low death rates in Latin America.

These rates refer to the annual number of births and deaths per 1, population. Today the situation is quite different: Thirty-two per cent of the people in the Third World live in countries - such as China and the Republic of Korea - with birth rates below 25 and death rates below Forty-one per cent are in countries where birth rates have fallen, but not as much as death rates, and their populations are growing at around 2 per cent - doubling, in other words, every 34 years.

Such countries include Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. The remaining 27 per cent live in countries, such as Algeria, Bangladesh.

Iran, and Nigeria, where death rates have fallen slightly but birth rates remain high. Overall population growth is in the range of 2. In the industrial world, fertility rates have declined and the population is not growing rapidly.

In fact, it has stabilized in many countries. Table World Population Estimates and Projections as Assessed in New York: The acceleration of population growth in the Third World and the decline in fertility levels in industrial countries are changing age distribution patterns radically. In developing countries, the young predominate. In , 39 per cent of developing country populations were younger than 15; the figure for industrialized countries was only 23 per cent.

Those 65 or older accounted for 11 per cent of the population in ; in developing countries, they represented only 4 per cent. A changing age structure helps to set patterns of future population growth. The large number of young people in developing countries means large numbers of future parents, so that even if each person produces fewer children.

The total number of births will continue to increase. Population growth can continue to grow for some decades after fertility rates decline to the 'replacement level' of slightly over two children on average per couple. Thus in many nations, high population growth over the next few generations are assured. Population projections indicate an increase in global population from 4. See Table 4 2. More than 90 pet cent of this increase is expected in developing regions.

Large differences exist among countries in these areas, and the momentum of population growth is higher in Africa than in Latin America or Asia. In some developing countries, such as China, population growth rates are already well below 2 per cent and are expected to fall below 1 per cent by the beginning of the next century. Reflecting the 'momentum' of population growth, long term UN projections show that at the global level: These projections show that the world has real choices.

Policies to bring down fertility rates could make a difference of billions to the global population next century. The greater part of the differences between the three variants is accounted for by South Asia.

Africa, and Latin America. Hence much depends on the effectiveness of population policies in these regions. Changes in Mobility The number of people in Europe, Japan. At its peak between and , permanent emigration absorbed nearly 20 per rent of the increase in population in Europe. Today, however, migration in not a major factor in determining population distribution among countries.

Between and permanent emigration as a percentage of population increase fell to 4 per cent in Europe and was only 2. The corresponding percentages in Asia and Africa were very much lower. Within countries, populations are more mobile. Improved communications have enabled large movements of people.

Sometimes as a natural response to the growth of economic opportunities in different places. Some governments have actively encouraged migration from densely to sparsely settled areas. A more recent phenomenon is the flight of 'ecological refugees' from areas of environmental degradation. Much of the movement is from countryside to city. This shift is most striking in developing countries, where the number of city-dwellers quadrupled during this period. Improved Health and Education Improvements in the health and education of all, but especially of women and in conjunction with other social changes that raise the status of women, can have a profound effect in bringing down population growth rates.

In an initial period, however, better health care means that more babies live to reproduce and that women reproduce over longer time spans. The 'health status' of a society is a complex concept that cannot be measured easily. Two widely available indicators that reflect at least some aspects of a given society's health are life expectancy and infant mortality rates. These statistics suggest that health has improved virtually everywhere; and, at least with regard to these two indicators, the gap between industrial and developing regions has narrowed.

Many factors can increase life expectancy and reduce mortality rates: First, although generally speaking national wealth buys national health, some relatively poor nations and areas, such as China, Sri Lanka, and the Indian state of Kerala, have achieved remarkable success in lowering infant mortality and improving health through increases in education, especially of women; the establishment of primary health clinics; and other health care programmes.

The recent gains in developing countries have also been largely due to public health programmes, particularly for the control of communicable diseases. Education is another key dimension of 'population quality'.

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