International Development Law Organization

Food Security

The transformation of food systems can play an essential role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 on zero hunger, and ensuring that all people have adequate access to food and nutrition.

IDLO supports this through a rule-based transformation of food systems that is equitable, just and sustainable, and in line with international human rights principles and instruments. We embrace the rule of law as a catalyst for this transformation firmly embedding it in IDLO’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024, and focusing our work on three core elements:

  • Empowering the most food insecure people to claim their rights,
  • Strengthening food systems governance through sound legal and regulatory frameworks and effective institutions; and
  • Improving and safeguarding equitable access to land, water and natural resources.

A thematic area focused on the rule of law for food security also provides opportunities for strengthened collaboration with UN agencies focused on food and agriculture.

Read more about IDLO’s work on the rule of law for food security:

Strengthening the Legal Environment for Food Security and Nutrition of Vulnerable Groups as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to the right to food for populations, and especially for marginalized groups. In many countries, COVID-19 is intertwining with pre-existing factors affecting food security and nutrition, by limiting the access to affordable and nutritious food, including lack of economic opportunities, extreme weather conditions, ongoing conflicts and more.

COVID-19: Pre-existing gender discrimination provides fertile ground for increased inequality, to the detriment of food security and nutrition

This blog post is co-authored by Françoise Trine, Senior Food Security Officer, Secretariat of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director, Policy, Research and Learning, International Development Law Organization (IDLO).


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