Report: Critical perspective on food systems, food crises and the future of the right to food

21 January 2020
Special Rapporteur on the rights to food
To the Human Rights Council's 43rd session


The present report marks the close of the Special Rapporteur’s mandate and serves as her final presentation to the Human Rights Council in her official capacity. During six years, Hilal Elver gained a unique insight into the global state of the right to food. Such knowledge led her to conclude that, despite the Sustainable Development Goal of “zero hunger” and malnutrition by 2030, the realization of the right to food remains a distant reality for far too many.

The Special Rapporteur offers a critical perspective on the trends that have led to this reality. She provides a review of new developments that have the potential to change the status quo. She also looks to the future, highlighting the roles and responsibilities of key players in advancing the right to food.

The recommendations set forth in the report are intended to facilitate the work of subsequent Special Rapporteurs and contribute to the mandate’s institutional memory. The Special Rapporteur’s report is meant to provide a foundation for those who wish to guarantee a world free from hunger and malnutrition for the next generation.