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Amnesty International submits its analysis of Nepal’s law on Right to Food to the Agriculture Minister

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Kathmandu, 19 April (2019) – Amnesty International Nepal submitted today Amnesty International’s analysis of Nepal’s new law on the right to food and food sovereignty to the Agriculture and Livestock Development Minister Chakra Pani Khanal.

Amnesty International emphasizes that Nepal must strengthen and implement its new law on the right to food in order to meet its commitments to rid the country of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

A delegation consisting of Amnesty Internationl Nepal’s Board Chair Bikram Dhukuchhu and representatives from Community Self Rlinace Center (CSRC) and JuRI Nepal submitted the analysis paper to Minister Khanal at the latter’s office in Singha Durbar today.

Amnesty International’s briefing Analysis of the Right to Food and Food Sovereignty Act recommends for the law to be amended. It suggests that rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of the law need to be crafted sooner.

The briefing  was made public on 4 April 2019 amidst a programme with representatives from Nepal’s civil society, National Human Rights Commission and media.

Background:

Hunger was one of the root causes of Nepal’s decade-long internal conflict, and it continues to be felt across the country today. Nearly half of all households in Nepal face food insecurity, and a tenth are “severely food insecure”. More than a half of all children under five years of age are anaemic, while more than a third of them suffer from stunted growth.

In an important step towards realizing its goal of “zero hunger” by 2025, the Nepal government brought the Right to Food and Food Sovereignty Act 2018 into force last September.

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