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Land Grabbing Vs Right to Food


Land grabbing is directly linked to the right to Food

The majority of the population in Burma still relies on small farms for their livelihoods and Burma remains a mostly rural country.

Farmers needs land, seeds, water and other resources to produce his or her own food. To purchase food, one needs adequate incomes.

The right to food therefore requires States to provide an enabling environment in which people can use their full poten¬tial to produce or procure adequate food for themselves and their families. Also it consequently requires States to ensure that wage policies or social safety nets enable citizens to realize their right to adequate food.

The right to food is also a human right recognized under international law which protects the right of all human beings to feed themselves in dignity, either by producing their food or by purchasing it.

The right to food is a legal right

The right to food is protected under international human rights and humanitarian law and the correlative state obligations are well-established under international law. The right to food is recognized in article 25 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as a plethora of other instruments.

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