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Upscaling the Right to Food through Certification

What happens if the Right to Food is violated in the very first step of the supply chain – where agricultural products like coffee, rubber or palm oil are grown? This happens in countries affected by hunger which produce products for global markets. The Food Security Standard (FSS) provides a solution: with this certification, the private sector can assess the local food security situation and showcase their commitment to human rights.


Companies have an effective lever at their disposal to support the realization of the Right to Food. Under current legislation like the German and European Supply Chain Acts and the EU Deforestation Regulation, companies need to show their duty of care. Several sustainability standards exist in the private sector that demonstrate commitment and provide third-party evidence. They cover economic, environmental, and social aspects such as good agriculture practice, workers’ and human rights and economic sustainability. However, food security and nutrition are not always included comprehensively. Welthungerhilfe and Meo Carbon Solutions jointly promote a holistic approach to food security

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The Food Security Standard (FSS) takes into account the Right to adequate Food in agricultural production. Applying the FSS in sustainability certification systems ensures that farmers, workers, and neighbouring communities are food secure.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany, independent of politics and religion. It was established in 1962, as the German section of the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”.

Meo Carbon Solutions is an independent consulting company with a focus on sustainable development solutions, smallholder empowerment and social compliance, sustainability certification and carbon footprint improvement. Meo is working on a global scale and supporting the application of the FSS.

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