Food security policy and governance
Right to food
Looking at food systems from the perspectives of availability, accessibility, utilization and sustainability not automatically acknowledges food as a global common good. Starting from the principle of ‘right to food’, one would focus on food systems that value food based on its multiple and essential dimensions to humans and not just as a priced commodity. This perspective requires state-driven initiatives, policies and regulations. Food riots as a result of the recent global economic crisis and the increasing influence of companies in international food and nutrition governance have led to a plea for such more democratic food systems. Views are built on the idea that market-driven allocations based on supply-demand and self-regulated collective actions for food producers and consumers with different forms of food sharing, could adhere to a more sustainable and fairer food system. Various knowledge items elaborating on this idea are included under this Portal topic.