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.
Our new Research Brief The Right to Seeds and Intellectual Property Rights summarizes key findings linked to the recognition of peasants’ right to seeds in the context of the current negotiation of a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas at the UN Human Rights Council.
Hosted by the South Asian University and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at the South Asian University campus, the New Delhi meeting brought in specialists from the region to share their views on the future of UN treaty bodies.
Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. The 2019 Spring School will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet.
This short course focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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This project aims to support the UN working group’s consultation process and thus contribute the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality in relation to the business sector via research on international human rights law and policy related to gender equality guarantees and their application to business activities, and the organization of a global conference in Geneva.
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.