The Human Right to Food in Haiti: Report of an International Fact-finding Mission page – 1

Rights & Democracy and Groupe de Recherche et d’Appui au Milieu Rural (GRAMIR)

Foreword

In a world that produces more than enough food to feed itself, more than 850 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition every day. Three quarters of them are children. It is clear that both national and international policies have failed to deliver the conditions necessary to manage food production and distribution in a fair and equitable manner. This report documents the experience of an international team of human rights advocates who joined forces with their Haitian counterparts and visited communities across the country to talk about the challenges faced in accessing sufficient, nutritious and safe food. The report compiles its findings under the three levels of state obligation – respect, protect and fulfil – and it makes a series of recommendations to the Government of Haiti, the international community and civil society.

The report will be of interest to human rights practitioners, social justice activists and development agencies who have adopted or who are considering the adoption of a human rights framework for poverty alleviation programming.

The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
General Comment 12