Nutrition and the right to food

3 August 2016
Special Rapporteur on the rights to food
70th session of the General Assembly


The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/154, is dedicated to reiterating the importance of a rights-based approach to “adequate food”, that is, nutritious food for all. It discusses the underlying factors affecting nutrition, including industrial food systems, unhealthy eating environments and the growing threat of non-communicable diseases, as well as the harmful effects of trade liberalization and unregulated marketing of food products. The Special Rapporteur outlines nutrition governance at the global level and considers its shortcomings, and recommends taking a human rights-based approach to combating malnutrition at both the global and national levels