1999 Food policy

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Recommendation #12 par. 14 (1999)

Text of the recommendation

14. The nature of the legal obligations of States parties are set out in article 2 of the Covenant and has been dealt with in the Committee's General Comment No. 3 (1990). The principal obligation is to take steps to achieve progressively the full realization of the right to adequate food. This imposes an obligation to move as expeditiously as possible towards that goal. Every State is obliged to ensure for everyone under its jurisdiction access to the minimum essential food which is sufficient, nutritionally adequate and safe, to ensure their freedom from hunger.

Year 1999
Topic Food policy
Document Type General Recommendations
Country N/A
Policy Area Food and nutrition security
Human Rights Comiteee CESCR
Human Rights Right to adequate food and nutrition


Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, GENERAL COMMENT 12 - The right to adequate food (art. 11), E/C.12/1999/5, (1999). Par. 14. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=E%2fC.12%2f2000%2f4&Lang=en