Beyond hunger: Unveiling the rights to food in sub-Saharan Africa

Helen Onyeaka, Adedola S. Adeboye, Oluwaseun P. Bamidele, Isiguzoro Onyeoziri, Oluwafemi A. Adebo, Maria M. Adeyemi, Susan N. Thera-Sekgweng

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This article explores the fundamental right to food, examining its legal framework, its relationship with other human rights, and the efforts being made globally to improve this right. It begins by looking at international and national laws that protect the right to food and examining their importance in ensuring food security and sovereignty. It then explores how food rights intersect with other rights, such as health, education, and labor, revealing the interrelated web of human rights. The article further highlights how the right to food is closely tied to the objectives of reducing poverty and promoting social justice, which are crucial components in the collective effort to achieve food security for all. Additionally, it evaluates the effectiveness of current policies and strategies in promoting the right to food, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The novelty of the article is that it brings into perspective, the encumbrance of food sovereignty in sub-Saharan Africa and concludes with potential solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere530
JournalFood and Energy Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • Africa
  • food security
  • policy impact
  • poverty reduction
  • right to food
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Food Science
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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