Cross-Cutting Issues Governance

Degree of legal recognition of the right to food



Policies are classified based on the FAOLEX database five-group typology as: 1) Explicit protection of the right to food or directive of state policy. 2) Some other implicit recognition, codification of international statues, or other pertinent provisions. 3) None: countries with no policies catalogued in the FAOLEX database.


Indicates a government’s recognition that guaranteeing food security to its citizens is one of its main responsibilities. As a human right, governments have duties to protect and fulfil this right, and the citizens have entitlements to be free from hunger and food insecurity.