27 November 2017
Our two research projects on the right to food, funded by the Research for Development Programme (r4d) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have been renewed for three years.
‘This renewal is an important acknowledgement of the high quality of the research and partnerships developed during the initial phase of each project’ underlines Dr Christophe Golay, Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy. ‘It will also allow us to conduct more in-depth and detailed longitudinal research to show strong results and outcomes in 2020’ he adds.
This first research project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana. The upcoming three years will be used to validate the results of the first round of qualitative and quantitative surveys and research carried out in Cambodia, Ghana and at the regional and international levels.
‘Several important themes will be explored in greater depth, including gendered access to judicial and quasi-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms, the gender differentiated impact of agricultural commercialisation on wage and non-wage labour in rural communities, changing ‘food cultures’ as a result of agrarian transformation and the gender dimensions of rural credit, indebtedness and access to food and nutrition’ underlines Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.
This second research project aims to provide evidence-based knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovative strategies and policy options that improve food sustainability.
The project will use the next three years to test its framework on sustainable food systems. In 2018, our Research Fellow Dr Adriana Bessa will participate in transformative pilot actions in Bolivia and Kenya. In 2019–2020 she will be engaged in similar activities in Brazil, Peru, Ghana and Zambia. The results of the application of the food sustainability framework model will then be presented in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, and in an edited volume summarising the results of the entire six years of the project’s lifespan.
During an expert seminar UN Special Procedures, members of UN treaty bodies, staff from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as representatives from civil society and the Swiss Government discussed the role that UN human rights mechanisms play in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals that seek to realize economic, social and cultural rights.
Next Friday, at the Palais des Nations, more than 60 participants – academics, experts, states’ representatives and representatives of non-governmental organizations and social movements – will gather to discuss the right to food sovereignty and other collective rights in the context of the current negotiation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
This public conference will discuss the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants in Europe and its contribution to the SDGs and the UN Decade of Family Farming.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom
Cette formation en ligne permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), des obligations des états et des mécanismes chargés de les protéger et de surveiller leur mise en œuvre.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.