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The Right to Food and Access to Natural Resources: Using Human Rights Arguments and Mechanisms to Improve Resource Access for the Rural Poor

edited by Lorenzo Cotula with Moussa Djiré and Ringo W. Tenga


This study explores the relationship between human rights — particularly the right to adequate food — and access to natural resources — particularly land. It does so through a conceptual analysis based on international treaties and instruments, and through two country studies — one from Mali (which includes a comparison with legislation from Senegal) and the other from the United Republic of Tanzania. While human rights arguments are universal in nature and while the issues tackled by this study are of global relevance, special attention is paid to sub-Saharan Africa, where as discussed the challenge of realizing the right to food is particularly acute.

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