National Convention on Right to Food and Work to be held in Ahmdabad from Mar 1 to 3
Narendra Ch | 25 Feb 2014

The Steering group of the Right to Food Campaign invites to the Fifth National Convention on the Right to Food and Work in Ahmedabad from 1-3 March 2014.

The forthcoming Convention in March 2014, aims to consolidate the gains of people’s campaigns on issues of survival and build broad alliances in preparation to ensure the centrality of eliminating hunger, the right to food and livelihoods, and social protection as a political priority for the 2014 general elections and beyond. 

This Convention comes on the heels of the passage of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 by the Indian Parliament in September 2013. The NFSA falls short of the framework and provisions proposed by the Campaign for a food law. The proposed convention will strategise to press for a comprehensive food security law. At the same time, it will also review the implementation of the law, as monitored by the campaign, since its passage.

The context of the 2014 convention is also to debate the dominant market-led development models with growing socio-economic disparities and their impact on hunger in the light of increasing food inflation. This convention will also analyse the international trade treaties, the recently concluded WTO Ministerial meet at Bali and their impact on farmers and the poor.

The strengthening of the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005, the Forests Rights Act, challenging state policy of coercive change in land use, the introduction of GM foods and ensuring the right to food of children, women, Dalits, Tribals, the Minorities and the Disabled will also be important priorities.

The venue of the convention is Dalit Shakti Kendra, Nani Devati, Sanand-Bavla Road, Sanand, District. Gujarat State Highway 144, Gujarat 382213, India. Participating organisations are also invited to bring their campaign material (e.g. reports, posters, exhibitions, etc.) for circulation or display at the Gujarat convention.

The cost of this convention will be met through voluntary donations and registration fees. Thus any donations that you can send will be most helpful. A minimum of Rs. 200 per participant for three days, including food and accommodation, has been kept as registration fee, although the actual cost is working out to be Rs. 500 per participant for lodging, boarding, local transport and food.