Respecting human rights in land negotiations

 

A set of core principles and measures to address the human rights challenge

by Mr. Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

"Large-scale investments in farmland can work for the benefit of all parties concerned. But that presupposes that an appropriate institutional framework is in place [...]. It is a joint responsibility of both the host State and the investor to respect the human rights involved."

11 June 2009

 

Large-scale acquisitions and leases are one of the key new trends that emerged out of the 2008 global food crisis. Some major food importing capital exporting countries have indeed lost confidence in global markets as a stable and reliable source of food for their national food security. The Special Rapporteur analyses how these investments could have impacts on the right to food. He highlights how international human rights law could provide guidance to ensure that these investment agreements contribute to the realization of the human right to adequate food and proposes as a minimum a set of core principles and measures for host States and investors alike.

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