Rights-Based Approach to Food and Nutrition Security 2021

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There are an estimated 805 million people undernourished in the world, who go to bed hungry every day. One in eight persons world-wide suffers from life-long negative impact of undernutrition. Children are the most obvious victims. Not only increased morbidity and mortality is observed, but also learning disabilities, delayed cognitive development and poor health. During the course of life not only a decreased productivity and income-generating are documented but also increased health risks, such as increased risk on birth complications and obesity are being observed, exposing the future generation of children to the same risks.

Right to food

A different approach in addressing the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is the human rights-based framework. The right to food is included in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights: When every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has physical access and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
This course aims at exploring the different concepts on rights-based approaches to food and nutrition security such as Right to Food and the Zero Hunger Challenge. It provide participants with knowledge and skills to strengthen the design and implementation of food and nutrition security programmes using a rights-based approach.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course you will:

  • have new insights about concepts and principles on human rights-based approach, Right to Food, Food and Nutrition Security and their interrelationships;
  • understand the role of right holders, duty bearers and accountability agents and their main rights and obligations and responsibilities;
  • have clear ideas for incorporating rights-based elements in interventions addressing food and nutrition insecurity;
  • be better equipped to lobby and advocate for the Right to Food.

Fee information

EUR 4,100.00 - This covers the tuition of the course. Since this course is online, there are no costs for accommodation, insurance or travel. Deadline on March 16th 2021 for Orange Knowledge Programme scholarships.

How to register

Target audience

Applicants should have a BSc or equivalent in the field of food and nutrition, home economics, agriculture, medicine or a related field, and have at least three years of professional experience related to the field of the course. Competence in the English language is necessary.

To register, please visit the following link.

The Application Procedure

  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).

Technology Requirements Online Learning

Minimum technical and software requirements for online learning courses are:

  • Stable internet connection: required to access the online learning platform and assignments (at least 3G mobile network).
  • Hardware requirement: acces to a laptop, smartphone, tablet or a personal computer with webcam and microphone.