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The conference report on Confronting the Global Food Challenge: finding new approaches to trade and investment that support the right to food was launched on the 30th of November 2009 during the 7th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

This report argues that the “Global Food Challenge” requires a fundamental reshaping of international trade and investment policies and rules to put human rights, particularly the right to adequate food, at the centre of economic policy. The authors analyse the incoherence in international policy created by the separation of international human rights from trade and investment regimes. They analyse concrete cases of human rights violations of landless farm workers, smallholder farmers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and slum dwellers; and, they look at the discrimination suffered by women in particular. The report also looks ahead to some of the new challenges confronting governments’ ability to realize the right to food, such as unregulated speculation and climate change. It finally proposes new and strengthened human rights instruments and new ways to integrate human rights principles into trade and investment policies.

The launch was organized by EAA along with, Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) under the WTO Ministerial sub-theme: ‘The WTO’s contribution to recovery, growth and development.’ The main objective of the launch was to provide WTO delegates with more arguments in favor of improving the compatibility of their obligations regarding the right to food and to put forward recommendations for how the WTO can take on a rights approach more consistently and concretely.

English Version

Armin Paasch: FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN)
Aileen Kwa: South Center
Anne Laure Constantin: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Angela Wauye:  ACORD International

Full Conference Report- PDF (EN)
Executive Summary- PDF (EN)
Press Release- Link (EN)
WTO presentation - PPT (EN)
GlobalFoodChallenge - PPT (EN)