FAO publishes reports on consumer organizations and the Right to Adequate Food

Prepared by CFA Executive Member Ian Jarratt, of Queensland Consumers Association. He can be reached at ijarratt@australiamail.com.

Recently, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published two reports, aimed to support, and showcase the work of Consumer Organizations around the globe on The Right to Adequate Food.

The reports are:

The report Consumer Organizations and the Right to Adequate Food “addresses the principal areas of the food issues that consumer organizations champion and it seeks to support them from a human rights perspective.

It is “is aimed primarily at consumer organizations, to support their work on food issues. It also seeks to highlight the importance of these organizations as partners towards transforming food systems that will secure the right to adequate food for all. In making these connections, it seeks to increase awareness of the human right to adequate food, so that it can be more broadly understood, incorporated into common language around the theme of rights and consumer behaviour, and form part of the capacity development of consumer organizations.”

The report complements the report Consumer Organizations in Action, which showcases the experiences of consumer organizations regarding food issues, facilitates networking, partnerships, and the exchange of knowledge, skills, strategies and good practice.”

Consumer Organizations in Action includes the work of two organisational members of CFA – CHOICE and the Queensland Consumers Association.

The item on CHOICE is on page 21 and is about Australia’s front-of-pack labelling scheme, known as the Health Star Rating System.

The item on the Queensland Consumers Association is on pages 21 and 22 and is about grocery unit pricing (pricing per unit of measure).

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