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Before moving on to a discussion on the what a human rights approach means for development, I think it is important to reflect on what development means, where it comes from and some of the implications associated with this very political and politicized term. In the book The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Power as Knowledge, Gustavo Esteva (2001:8) warns that “development occupies the centre of an incredible powerful semantic constellation.” Esteva is suggesting that our application and use of the term necessitates careful reflection because in saying “development”, most people end up saying the opposite of what they intend to convey (Esteva 2001:6).
Since we are on the subject of the right to food: Press Release FIAN International FIAN calls for seed trade regulations to respect right to food Heidelberg, April 15th  2011 - On the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, April 17th, FIAN joins millions of peasants in demanding the  European Union respect their right to adequate food in the regulation of the seed trade. Online at http://www.fian.org/news/press-releases/respect-right-to-food-regulate-seed-trade FIAN calls on the European Union to meet its commitments to human rights, and specifically the right to food, by facilitating and strengthening people's access to productive resources including land, water and seeds.

*I have updated this post with some more information about the history of human rights within the UN system.* [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="141" caption="UN Human Rights Council logo"][/caption] As I mentioned yesterday,...

I have been a bad blogger. I went home for the first time in over two years and decided to spend as much time as I could away from my...

In 1999, at the 25th session of the CFS, the Committee discussed "BROADENED PARTICIPATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND OTHER PARTNERS IN THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY...

In an early edition of the journal Global Governance, Lawrence Finkelstein (1995:368) rather boldly stated that “‘Global Governance’ appears to be virtually everything” and that “we say ‘governance’ because we...

Last week I presented some of my reflection on global governance to my supervisors and others in the Department. I had some fun playing around with James Rosenau's understanding of...

Here is another report from December titled "MIND THE GAP: Commercialization, Livelihoods and Wealth Disparity in Pastoralist Areas of Ethiopia Mind the Gap Pastoralists in Ethiopia From the Summary:
The issue of pastoralist vulnerability in Ethiopia, and how best to respond to it, remains a key development challenge. Different actors have different perspectives, but in more recent development debates, pastoral destitution and poverty are often attributed to conflict, climate change and weak governance.