Core Issues

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

a. Promotion of good governance through effective policy reform

FSNSA is actively working in the field of promotion of right to food and food sovereignty in various South Asian countries. Right to food is closely associated with good governance, for which it is fundamental to sensitize larger Civil Society about various aspects of right to food, emerging trends, challenges and possibilities and adopt concrete plan of action to strengthen movements for food sovereignty and guarantee good governance. The concept of good governance should be based on principles of human rights, justice and equity, with due respect to uniqueness of diverse communities and their culture.

b. Realization of international human rights instruments

South Asia is still the hotspot of hunger in the world, despite various commitments of the national governments and global institutions to reduce poverty significantly in this region. Millennium Development Goals have turned out to be largely inadequate to address the poverty and hunger situation in South Asia and recent threefold crisis of food price, fuel and finance have further worsened hunger scenario of this region. There exist various human rights treaties and agreements that ensure right to food and access to food producing resources for poor. States are encouraged to apply these human rights instruments in developing their strategies, policies, programmes and activities and should do so without discrimination of any kind.

A brief description of four international human rights instruments is given below:-

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

c. People to people cooperation

FSNSA believes that it is the fundamental right of poor to have access to food, food producing resources and employment/income opportunities. The state is duty bound to ensure these rights. However, present neo-liberal model of development is curbing rights of people by allowing livelihoods of the people to be determined by the global market demands and supplies. FSNSA strongly feels that the fundamental need is to challenge neo-liberal development paradigm, which is promoting wrong notion of development and exploiting our people. To challenge neo-liberal global paradigm, communities in South Asian countries have focused on Food Sovereignty as people's development paradigm.

To this end FSNSA encourages its country partners to document people's experiences (on alternative development initiatives at communities, on good governance, on gender justice etc.) and to carry out evidence based lobby and advocacy works with the state actors and multi-stakeholders of the Civil Society. FSNSA strongly believes that Food Sovereignty can be ensured through a change in priorities in South Asian politics. Therefore, FSNSA does active lobby work with politicians and policy makers in South Asia. FSNSA is enthusiastic to strengthen its work with SAARC in future in order to create a space for Civil Society in this regional body as contributor in the regional policy making process, make stronger peoples' right based movement, initiate campaigns and networking at South Asia level with a strong voice in favour of food sovereignty and for ending exploitation and hunger.