Organizational Strengthening and Capacity Building Training held on Food Security / Sovereignty for RtFN Members

With the aim to inform and minimize the new challenging issues and ensure food security/sovereignty and right to food of poor people, a three- day training was organized by National Network on Right to Food (RtFN) in coordination of Jagaran Nepal (one of the active member of RtFN) on 'Organizational Strengthening and Capacity Building for Food Security/Sovereignty to RtFN Members ' at Jagaran Nepal hall in central level Anamnagar Kathmandu from 18th to 20th March, 2012.

The participants from regional RtF Network, district network and central based organizations have expressed the problems faced during the use of expensive seeds, chemical fertilizer and chemical pesticides in the training.

As per the discussion held among the training participants, a total of 7 millions people are deprived of twice a meal in a day, 3.4 million peoples are at high vulnerable situation of food security, 7 millions lacks to food and 5 millions are suffering from malnutrition.

Due to the hybrid seeds imported from India have seriously affected the agriculture system of poor farmers in Nepal. According to them the seeds imported from outside doesn't grow in time and doesn't give better production. The participants expressed that use of hybrid seeds and chemical fertilizers has badly affected on human health.   The participants put their problems and the facilitator tried to satisfy the raised queries. The facilitators have informed about the legal and constitutional provisions of right to food, impact of globalization on agriculture, food security/sovereignty related challenges   and its way forward. Every person will be secured if they have the choice of using sufficient nutrient foods and access to buy and utilize sufficient food items.

Right to food is one of the fundamental rights of each citizen in which every one should get the opportunity to utilize of qualitative food item without any difficulties which helps to fulfil the physical and mental needs and ensure to live a life honour and fearless.  People must get a chance of utilizing their cultural foods directly or by purchasing in every situation of lives.

Being one of the active members of United Nation's and state country of international convention on economic, social and cultural rights, Nepal has owned a great responsibility to address, protect and fulfilment of right to food of each Nepalese citizens. The interim constitution of Nepal 2063 has not clearly defined the term Right to Food' as a fundamental rights. These legal and constitutional provisions were also seriously discussed in the training. 

Major Issues/demands raised in the training

  1. The right to food related provisions are not clear under fundamental rights of interim constitution of Nepal. It is demanded that the possible the laws, bylaws should be immediately formulated to ensure the right to food of all citizens.
  2. All citizens' access and control over quality food should be ensured.
  3. Special provisions should come into existence to empower the marginalized women and children as they are the most affected by food deficiency.
  4. Farmers' social movement should be strong to stop the national/international discriminatory agriculture related policies. 
  5. Improved seeds and quality manure should be provided by state with better subsidy and safety net.
  6. Various entrepreneurships and awareness rising like training should be initiated from grassroots level to the poor, women and marginalized communities.