Team to assess state of hunger in Nepal

Kathmandu, April 9:

An international fact finding mission that arrived here yesterday to assess hunger and food insecurity in Nepal is visiting some districts of the country.

The team has plans to provide practical training for members of the civil society on the use of the human rights framework to assess the condition of hunger and food insecurity.

Organised by Rights and Democracy, a Canadian organisation, the mission comprising six international and six national experts, will assess hunger and food insecurity in Nepal from the perspective of the state’s obligation to “respect, protect and fulfil” the human right of access to food.

“This will include attention to restricted or denied access to productive resources, internal displacement linked to infrastructure development, the situation of bonded labourers, agrarian reform and the rights of peasants, and the impact of food aid,” said Carole Samdup of Rights and Democracy, at a press conference here today.

The mission will travel to districts like Dadeldhura, Achham, Jumla, Banke, Siraha, Makawanpur and Nawalparasi.