Facing Global Hunger - Food as a Right
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization's 2009 report The State of Food Insecurity in the World, over one billion people are undernourished worldwide. In addition to the onset of the global economic crisis, other factors such as rising food prices, lower income, and an increase in unemployment have contributed to the rise in hunger.
The concept of the right to food, as an enforceable human right, was reaffirmed in 1996 at the World Food Summit with the adoption of the Rome Declaration on World Food Security, which states "the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger."
If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.
Ambassador Tony Hall, Director, Alliance to End Hunger
Rick Leach, Senior Adviser for Public Policy, Friends of the World Food Program
Heather Hanson, Director of Public Affairs, Mercy Corps
Robert Zachritz, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, World Vision