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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Food, Right to, International Protection

Kerstin Mechlem

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 April 2021

Right to food — Equality before the law — Freshwater — Women, rights — Armed conflict

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The right to food, despite being recognized in numerous binding and non-binding legal instruments since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) (‘UDHR’), is among the least realized human rights as the persistently high figures on hunger and malnutrition show. Eight hundred and fifty-two million people were undernourished world-wide in 2000–02: 81 million in developing countries, 28 million in countries in transition, and 9 million in industrialized countries (FAO [2005] para. 7). Two billion more suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, the so-called...
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