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The Right to Food and Access to Natural Resources

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 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.

IIED worked on this report under its Legal tools for citizen empowerment project.

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