Relevance of Voluntary Guidelines

Right to Food • ICCARD and its Relevance
Voluntary Guidelines •  Millennium Development Goals 

Voluntary Guidelines on Right to Food (VGRF)

GAR is a central theme in RTF discourse. Agrarian reform is a human rights obligation of those nation states which are party to ICESCR. Right to food includes rights of people to access to food and food producing resources like land, irrigation facilities, credit etc. VGRF provides practical guidance to states in their implementation of the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in order to achieve the goals of the Plan of Action of the World Food Summit. It takes into account a wide range of important considerations and principles, including equality and non-discrimination, participation and inclusion, accountability and rule of law, and the principle that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interrelated and interdependent.

In developing these Voluntary Guidelines international organizations, non-governmental organizations and representatives of civil society took active part. These Voluntary Guidelines have taken into account relevant international instruments, particularly those enshrining the progressive realization of the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food. VGRF provides concrete guidance to state on how to progressively realize RTF or in other words how to promote GAR at national level with the basic element of equitable access and control over land, water, other natural resources etc. at the center of the GAR policies.

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Right to Food • ICCARD and its Relevance •  Millennium Development Goals