Food Security

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Food is not just a commodity for market speculation and agriculture is not just about producing more food!

Today, more than 800 million people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. While agriculture extension programmes of the 1960s and 70s contributed to reduce world hunger, the neo-liberal policies implemented by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the 1980s resulted in an increase in food insecurity.

Eradicating hunger is the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals. Set in the year 2000 by world leaders, these goals are meant to be reached in 2015. Official reports from United Nation agencies display encouraging projections towards the attainment of the first objective in the overall developing world. However, this trend does not apply to low-income countries, where inequality and vulnerability remain unchanged.

Caritas Europa advocates

  • The right to food must be the principle guiding the design of policies and country cooperation strategies.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organisation's  voluntery guidelines on the right to food are appropriate tools for governments to improve their policy and programmes from a right-based perspective. 
  • The right to food should be the foundation of a reformed global food governance.
  • The world must support small-scale farming and pastoralism. This farming model concerns today 2.8 billion people (45% of the world population) and accounts for 30% to 60% of the world's Least Developed Countries' GDP. By supporting this model, millions of families will live decently from their work, producing needed healthy and affordable food without jeopardizing the natural resources of tomorrow or hindering participation in international trade.

What is the 'Right to Food'? Watch a video interview with Olivier De Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

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Last 10 December 2013, the Caritas confederation launched the global campaign on food security One Human Family, Food for All
Pope Francis launched the campaign with a video message

One Human Family Food for All