Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2021

The number of people suffering from chronic hunger has been on the increase for many years. This publication aims to deepen our understanding of why producing more food under the for-profit industrial system isn’t a solution to hunger and malnutrition.

“We have to finally tackle the structural causes of hunger,” says Dagmar Pruin, President of Brot für die Welt, at the presentation of this year’s Right to Food and Nutrition Watch. “When one-third of the world’s population does not have sufficient to eat, although enough is harvested globally and cereal stores are full, then something is dramatically wrong.”

The 2021 edition of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch is entitled Not Our Menu: False solutions to hunger and malnutrition. It was published in October 2021 by the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition.

The new yearbook identifies three significant obstacles to implementing the human right to nutrition: a weakening of public institutions that is observable worldwide, the blocking of transformative solutions, such as agroecology, through the influence of the agriculture industry, and the neglect of traditional farming expertise in favour of industrial research. All this exacerbates discrimination against the poor and hungry. 

The Plates of Injustices supplement links our consumption of cereal products to mass-produced and pesticide-laden monocrops such as corn and wheat that zap the soil’s nutrients, pollute the air we breathe, and poison water bodies from where we source our food.

The publication stresses why we need to disconnect from the industrial food system and reconnect with other food systems that provide real hunger solutions, enabling us to feed ourselves with sufficient, nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. 

(FIAN/Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition/ile)

Read more and download this year’s edition of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch - Not Our Menu: False solutions to hunger and malnutrition at the website of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition

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