Rice Policies and the Right to Food
for Food and Nutrition Security in
Sub-Saharan Africa
Julia Roberts
October 21, 2013 -...
Context of Food Security & Right to
Adequate Food
Right to
adequate food
Food

Acknowledgment of human rights
Source: Vari...
Recognition of the Right to Adequate
Food
Article 25 of Universal Declaration of Human
Rights
48 countries in sub-Saharan ...
Strategy Response for Food Security
10% National
budget to
agriculture
Protect RtF for
Africa’s citizens

National
Compact...
Rice Policies Impacting the RtF along
Rice Value Chain
Production

• Land – Access, Land grabs
• Investments – Inputs, Inf...
Affiwa Kangnivi – Deve, Benin

Photo: New Agriculturist (March 2007)
Strategies used to enter Market
o Keeping costs low
o Access to technology

o Cultivating different varieties for differen...
Abeline Razanamamy - Central
Madagascar

Widow aged 72
Independence & Dignity
Photo: IFAD (2012)
Strategies for Sustainable Food
Availability
o Learning and knowledge sharing
o Access to inputs
o System of rice intensif...
Conclusion
o Incorporate RtF into national policies, legislation, food
security strategies
o Seek participation of the vul...
Merci
Obrigada
Thank You
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3rd Africa Rice Congress
Theme 4: Rice policy for food security through smallholder and agribusiness development
Mini symposium2: Policy and price transmission mechanisms affecting rice sector development in Africa
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  • International law recognizes that everyone has the unalienable and fundamental right to be free from hunger. As such national governments must do everything possible to ensure people have the physical and economic access to safe, nutritious food in enough quantities to lead healthy and active lives.43 countries have ratified the ICESCR except Botswana, Comoros, Mozambique, Sao Tome &Principe and South Sudan.All 48 countries have ratified the CRC.With ratification is the legally binding commitment to incorporate provisions for the right to food into its own national laws.
  • Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)CAADP is a strategic framework to guide country development efforts and partnerships in the agricultural sector in the bidto stimulate agriculture-led development that eliminates hunger and reduces poverty and food insecurity. It embodies principles, which when adequately followed and applied, will encourage and broaden the adoption of best practices, facilitate mutual learning and so raise the quality and reliability of country policies and strategies in the agricultural sector.CAADP’s four mutually supporting and interlinked pillars are:Pillar I: Extending the area under sustainable land management and reliable water control systemsPillar II: Improving rural infrastructure and trade-related capacities for market accessPillar III: Increasing food supply, reducing hunger and improving responses to food emergency crisesPillar IV: Improving agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption.Remember - Strategy is a chosen path for the future to deliver change. Whereas policies are the guiding rules or principles to influence decisions and actions for the same. For a single strategy, there can be multiple policies.Move to an evidence based policy under CAADP is crucial
  • Th4_Rice Policies and the Right to Food for Food and Nutrition Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

    1. 1. Rice Policies and the Right to Food for Food and Nutrition Security in Sub-Saharan Africa Julia Roberts October 21, 2013 - Yaoundé, Cameroon
    2. 2. Context of Food Security & Right to Adequate Food Right to adequate food Food Acknowledgment of human rights Source: Various Rule of law utilization Empowerment Human Dignity Stability Transparency NonDiscrimination Access to food Accountability Participation Availability of food
    3. 3. Recognition of the Right to Adequate Food Article 25 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa(SSA) Article 11 of International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) 43 SSA countries Articles 24 and 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 48 SSA countries
    4. 4. Strategy Response for Food Security 10% National budget to agriculture Protect RtF for Africa’s citizens National Compacts • 2003 Maputo Declaration • CAADP Pillar III: Principle 1 • Agric. & Rural Dev Strategies • Rice Sector Dev Plans
    5. 5. Rice Policies Impacting the RtF along Rice Value Chain Production • Land – Access, Land grabs • Investments – Inputs, Infrastructure Consumption • Processing & Nutrition, Regulations • Safety Nets Trade • Restrictions and bans • Price Volatility & Marketing, Imports
    6. 6. Affiwa Kangnivi – Deve, Benin Photo: New Agriculturist (March 2007)
    7. 7. Strategies used to enter Market o Keeping costs low o Access to technology o Cultivating different varieties for different consumers o Targeting consumer markets – NERICA 2
    8. 8. Abeline Razanamamy - Central Madagascar Widow aged 72 Independence & Dignity Photo: IFAD (2012)
    9. 9. Strategies for Sustainable Food Availability o Learning and knowledge sharing o Access to inputs o System of rice intensification (SRI) o Rice-based aquaculture o Seed producer o Social safety-net
    10. 10. Conclusion o Incorporate RtF into national policies, legislation, food security strategies o Seek participation of the vulnerable for effective rice policies o Target the vulnerable ensuring equity in assigning resources o Merge interests of agribusiness sector and resourcepoor smallholder farmers
    11. 11. Merci Obrigada Thank You

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