Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/197171
Title:
Rights based approaches to food poverty in Ireland
Authors:
O’Connor, Deirdre; Cantillon, Sara; Walsh, Judy
Affiliation:
University College Dublin (UCD)
Publisher:
Combat Poverty Agency (CPA)
Issue Date:
Dec-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/197171
Additional Links:
http://www.cpa.ie
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
In Ireland food poverty has emerged as an increasingly important issue on the social policy agenda. The reasons for this include the changing understanding of the nature of food poverty, its causes, dimensions and the development of solutions, as well as a growing awareness that food remains a central dimension of people’s experience of poverty even within industrialised countries. Alongside these developments there is a growing interest in the role of rights-based approaches to poverty alleviation generally and specifically to the issue of food poverty. This paper begins by mapping the main contours of the international human rights system and academic literature in order to ground food poverty within the overarching political and legal framework. In view of the fact that food poverty is central to people’s experience of poverty, it is necessary to review the conceptual literature on poverty generally and to identify the primary state-level mechanisms associated with poverty alleviation. More specifically, this study also identifies the key concepts, actors and interventions that pertain to food poverty in Ireland. This is followed by a summary of the discussion and analysis generated from a one-day workshop which took place in Dublin in March 2008, at which various stakeholders explored the potential of using rights-based approaches to food poverty in Ireland. The paper concludes that rights-based approaches have not featured prominently in interventions to address issues of poverty in general, or food poverty specifically, and activists and practitioners working in the arena of food poverty point to significant challenges in progressing this approach. Institutional resistance to the adoption of a rights-based approach is a significant factor, as is the primacy of private sector interests who are the ‘gatekeepers’ of the contemporary food system. At the same time, insights from the work of human rights organisations who work on food and those who use the approach in other settings suggest that it is a promising avenue to explore. Of particular significance is its potential to address issues of power relations between marginalised groups and policy-makers and to locate local issues and responses within a framework of international human rights law.
Keywords:
POVERTY; FOOD; HUMAN RIGHTS
Series/Report no.:
Working Paper Series; 11/01
ISBN:
978-0-9565660-6-5
Sponsors:
This report was funded by the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs under its Social Inclusion Research Initiative.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO’Connor, Deirdreen
dc.contributor.authorCantillon, Saraen
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Judyen
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-14T12:07:16Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-14T12:07:16Z-
dc.date.issued2008-12-
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-9565660-6-5-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/197171-
dc.descriptionIn Ireland food poverty has emerged as an increasingly important issue on the social policy agenda. The reasons for this include the changing understanding of the nature of food poverty, its causes, dimensions and the development of solutions, as well as a growing awareness that food remains a central dimension of people’s experience of poverty even within industrialised countries. Alongside these developments there is a growing interest in the role of rights-based approaches to poverty alleviation generally and specifically to the issue of food poverty. This paper begins by mapping the main contours of the international human rights system and academic literature in order to ground food poverty within the overarching political and legal framework. In view of the fact that food poverty is central to people’s experience of poverty, it is necessary to review the conceptual literature on poverty generally and to identify the primary state-level mechanisms associated with poverty alleviation. More specifically, this study also identifies the key concepts, actors and interventions that pertain to food poverty in Ireland. This is followed by a summary of the discussion and analysis generated from a one-day workshop which took place in Dublin in March 2008, at which various stakeholders explored the potential of using rights-based approaches to food poverty in Ireland. The paper concludes that rights-based approaches have not featured prominently in interventions to address issues of poverty in general, or food poverty specifically, and activists and practitioners working in the arena of food poverty point to significant challenges in progressing this approach. Institutional resistance to the adoption of a rights-based approach is a significant factor, as is the primacy of private sector interests who are the ‘gatekeepers’ of the contemporary food system. At the same time, insights from the work of human rights organisations who work on food and those who use the approach in other settings suggest that it is a promising avenue to explore. Of particular significance is its potential to address issues of power relations between marginalised groups and policy-makers and to locate local issues and responses within a framework of international human rights law.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis report was funded by the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs under its Social Inclusion Research Initiative.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCombat Poverty Agency (CPA)en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper Seriesen
dc.relation.ispartofseries11/01en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.cpa.ieen
dc.subjectPOVERTYen
dc.subjectFOODen
dc.subjectHUMAN RIGHTSen
dc.titleRights based approaches to food poverty in Irelanden
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Dublin (UCD)en
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