Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013,
"Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger"
Focusing on "Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger", WABA announced the launch of the global report Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013 on Oct 8, 2013. Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013 points out that in recent years, several schemes related to food, agriculture and nutrition lead by the most powerful countries in the world in close cooperation with corporations have gained unprecedented influence. The new precept in international affairs appears to be that no major development project can be carried out without the active participation of major corporations and their front foundations/agencies, often in the form of public-private partnership (PPP). WABA believes that programmes related to food and nutrition, health care and development and, especially programmes on infant and young child feeding, should be free from commercial influence and conflicts of interest. Breastfeeding has a vital role in making food security a reality for millions of babies born every year. Breast milk is the first food for babies, and breastfeeding also benefits women, families, communities, and our planet. There is an urgent need to question this trend as it should be clear to everyone that the interests of corporations do not always align with public interests. The key message of Right to Food and Nutrition Watch this year is that people’s participation in the planning, development and implementation of alternatives to dominant policies in food, agriculture and nutrition is needed to challenge the current balance of power and effectively tackle hunger. It is of utmost importance to engage rights holders—people, communities and their organizations—in the design and implementation of policies that affect their daily lives.