ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Does the Right to Food Matter?

Contrary to assertions that the right to food is both 'undefinable' and 'undeliverable', an attempt is made here to clarify its nature and content, and the obligations it entails. The right to food is a right to policies (or, is a right to a right) that enable individuals to produce or acquire minimum food entitlements. From this perspective, it is evolving into an enforceable right. Its potential for channelling food aid from donors more effectively, enabling governments to do what they should, and sharpening the focus of NGOs in a strategy to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and famines is likely to be substantial. While the realisation of this right is slow and difficult, it would be a mistake to discard it on the ground that too many rights make it harder to enforce them.

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