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It is proposed in the present paper to examine the process of practical implementation of the "right to food" as a human right and "the right to be free from hunger" or in a more fashionable parlance "freedom from hunger". Both aspects of this fundamental freedom or basic right can be found enshrined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 11 (Basic Needs) of the United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 1966 (hereinafter "the Covenant"). Our enquiry will cover the period following the Hague Lectures of President Eduardo Jimenez de Arichaga so as to complete the half a century of legal developments since the pre-dawn of the United Nations until the present day, in a limited field of the right to food and freedom from hunger.


Unpublished paper dated 22 April 1993.