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A Human-Rights Approach to the Global Food Crisis

Brazil has shown how popular resistance can galvanize support for policies and programs that enshrine the right to food and nutrition. To reduce acute hunger worldwide, it will be essential for countries and international organizations to push for systemic change based on human-rights principles.

EUGENE/BRASÍLIA/HEIDELBERG – When former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019, one of his first acts in office was to abolish the National Food and Nutrition Security Council (CONSEA), a globally lauded body that had significantly reduced food insecurity. It was a huge step back for the country, which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had removed from its “hunger map” in 2014.