Dakar declaration 2016 - Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition

Dakar declaration of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition 2016

The members and friends of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) - representing more than sixty movements and public interest civil society organizations (CSOs) - met in Dakar (19-22 March 2016) for their forth global meeting. A declaration has been issued during the meeting which voices a strong call to realize a true Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of the people, including Mauritania, and committs to support the struggle of the communities of the region to realize their right to land, water and seeds.

The members of the network denounces and activiely oppose the criminalization of victims and defenders of human rights and demands an end of all impunity for human rights abusers and violators.

They also state the support for the current initiative to put in place an internationally binding human rights instrument for the regulation of transnational companies. 'We are committed to fight corporate capture in all its forms and across sectors, be it in the realm of resources, of land, of seeds, of water, of institutions or structures of governance'.

Finally the declaration emphasizes the need to uphold and enforce women’s rights, as women continue to fight patriarchy in every sphere of their lives, including in the domain of sexuality, fertility and self-determination over their bodies.

The network met in Dakar after witnessing the arrival of the West African Caravan of the Global Convergence of Land, Water and Seeds. The Caravan - organized by Global Convergence of Struggles for Land and Water - encompassed thirteen West African countries and marched between 3-18 March, mobilizing communities across the region on the road from Ouagadougou to Dakar, passing through Bamako.

The Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN) is an initiative of public interest CSOs (including SID) and social movements (peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, landless people, consumers, urban people living in poverty, agricultural and food workers, women, youth, and indigenous peoples) that recognize the need to act jointly for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition. The network was officially launched in July 2013 as the result of a broad consultative process that has taken into account the aggravation of the chronic world food crisis, including the persistence of gross violations of the right to food and the prevailing impunity of perpetrators. For more information about the network, please comntact:  secretariat[at]GNRTFN.org  

Download the declaration: English - French

Related links (FIAN website):

Struggles converge like tributaries of river

My land -My life! West African Caravan reaches Dakar

Photo: Les femmes brandissent leurs semences. Agence MEDIAPROD, Some rights reserved, Flickr.