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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Advancing the Right to Food to Promote Public Health

(p.261) 12 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Human Rights in Global Health

Carolin Anthes

Olivier De Schutter

Oxford University Press

The core objective of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since its founding in 1945 has been to eradicate hunger. International policy debates and the work of the Organization focused until the 1980s on increasing agricultural production; however, a shift has occurred in recent years in the understanding of FAO’s mandate. The modest but growing reference to the right to food has become an essential part of this new thinking, which crystallized at the 1996 World Food Summit and in the adoption of the 2004 Right to Food Guidelines. Although the visibility of the right to food has gradually increased in the Organization’s work, this chapter—while assessing the past and current state of mainstreaming the right to food within FAO—argues that right to food mainstreaming within FAO is far from unidirectional and has more recently seen a period of retrenchment.

Keywords:   FAO, right to food, food security, human rights mainstreaming, member state support, institutional leadership, siloization, organizational culture, funding crisis

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