The amazing success story of Belo Horizonte started in 1993 when the city guaranteed its citizens the right to food by law. A rights-based approach to food security means that food is no longer a question of charity. It is something, citizens have the right to. They can hold their government accountable, so government needs to act. It needs to create conditions for people to feed themselves.

The right to food is realised when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. Such food security has four dimensions: food is available, accessible, sufficiently nutritious – and these dimensions are stable over time.

The right to food can be enshrined in the constitution or be established in a framework law and basically on any government level.

Watch this film and find out more about the right to food and the amazing success story of Belo Horizonte.


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Belo Horizonte’s Food Security Policy on

The city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil is a world pioneer in governance for food security. Its Municipal Law No. 6.352, 15/07/1993 set out a policy framework that is committed to the concept of food sovereignty: the right of peoples to define their own food and agricultural policies, to protect and regulate their production and trade in such a manner as to secure sustainable development, to determine the degree of their autonomy and to eliminate dumping on their markets.