The right to food and the responsible governance of tenure - a dialogue towards implementation

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Author: Daniel Gomez

Right to Food Publication, 2014.

The Right to Food and the Responsible Governance of Tenure: A dialogue towards implementation aims to provide guidance for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) which were endorsed in May 2012 by the Committee on World Food Security.

More specifically, the study begins with a general introduction of the global context within which the developing process of the VGGT took place. Then, it demonstrates several ways in which elements from a right to food framework can be used to benefit and guide the implementation of the VGGT. It proceeds to underline numerous provisions of the VGGT whose implementation will help reinforce and further advance the realization of the right to food. Finally, it concludes by emphasizing the relevance of this dialogue towards implementation for future debates and draws some conclusions on the linkages put forth. As clearly stated in the VGGT, their main purpose is “to serve as a reference and to provide guidance to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with the overarching goal of achieving food security for all and to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food”. Consequently, the main benefit of the present dialogue towards implementation lays in the provision of concrete elements to assist the attainment of this overarching goal.