Human Rights in Agriculture

Human rights and agriculture are closely interrelated. Given the importance of the agricultural sector for food security and freedom from hunger, the right to food seems to be of particular relevance. This also holds true for Kenya, where about 80 % of the population live in rural areas and derive their livelihood from agriculture and where still 50.6 % of the population lack access to adequate food.

The right to food is closely interwoven with other essential human rights guarantees in the economic and social sphere: hunger and malnutrition increase vulnerability to diseases and hence affect the human right to the highest attainable standard of health and even the right to life (art. 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; art. 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights).

In agriculture, access to production as a precondition for access to food is dependent on access to land and water, education and ultimately political power. Hence, the property rights, especially the right to own land, the right to conditions which are favourable to the generation of employment, rights with regard to production methods and the right to organise collectively and form trade unions are highly relevant to the achievement of sustainable development in agriculture and are mutually interlinked.

The proposed training programme helps participants to understand and establish appropriate institutions for human rights in the context of their daily lives. Topics can be addressed either as a 1-3 days stand alone courses or as a half-a-day- session during any of ATC’s training courses.
  •  Overview on knowledge and understanding on human rights
  •  Participants become familiar with the central features of human rights 
  • Participants become familiar with the human rights of particular relevance in farming in Kenya 
  • Different roles and responsibilities for the protection of human rights 
  • Participants see the practical relevance of a human rights-based approach 
  • Human rights of particular relevance in agriculture are recalled
  • Human rights principles in the formation and organisation of farmers groups.
  • Human rights in bye-laws of farmers’ groups. 
  • Participants apply knowledge on human rights in a specific situation
  • Integrating human rights principles in monitoring & evaluation
Farmers and farmer groups especially women groups

Standard Duration:
1-3 days

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