Our two research projects on the right to food, funded by the Research for Development Programme (r4d) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have been renewed for three years.
‘This renewal is an important acknowledgement of the high quality of the research and partnerships developed during the initial phase of each project’ underlines Dr Christophe Golay, Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy. ‘It will also allow us to conduct more in-depth and detailed longitudinal research to show strong results and outcomes in 2020’ he adds.
This first research project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana. The upcoming three years will be used to validate the results of the first round of qualitative and quantitative surveys and research carried out in Cambodia, Ghana and at the regional and international levels.
‘Several important themes will be explored in greater depth, including gendered access to judicial and quasi-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms, the gender differentiated impact of agricultural commercialisation on wage and non-wage labour in rural communities, changing ‘food cultures’ as a result of agrarian transformation and the gender dimensions of rural credit, indebtedness and access to food and nutrition’ underlines Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy.
This second research project aims to provide evidence-based knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovative strategies and policy options that improve food sustainability.
The project will use the next three years to test its framework on sustainable food systems. In 2018, our Research Fellow Dr Adriana Bessa will participate in transformative pilot actions in Bolivia and Kenya. In 2019–2020 she will be engaged in similar activities in Brazil, Peru, Ghana and Zambia. The results of the application of the food sustainability framework model will then be presented in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, and in an edited volume summarising the results of the entire six years of the project’s lifespan.
US Mission Geneva
Our new paper ‘Diversity in Membership of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies’ examines the composition of UN human rights treaty bodies (TBs) notably in relation to gender balance, geographical representation, as well as TBs members’ subject-matter expertise and professional background.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
Gloria Gaggioli has been appointed Swiss National Fund (SNF) Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva where she will lead a four-year research project on ‘Preventing and Combating Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Towards an Empirico-Legal Approach’.
Panelists will share good practices and challenges in supporting the use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the right to food at national and global levels.
The Look of Silence
The screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's film ‘The Look of Silence’ about the Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Riccardo Bocco.
This training course explores the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides participants with practical tools to include ESCR and the SDGs in their work.
This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights (HR) and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing HR mechanisms.
Sandra Pointet / Geneva Academy
The digital age offers unique opportunities to strengthen human rights implementation and monitoring and has transformed the means through which human rights are exercised. Equally, the digital age poses unique challenges in ensuring that states and businesses respect and protect our rights in the digital forum. The full extent of the human rights implications of the digital age remain unknown; we are undertaking research to explore these implications.
The project will notably identify, via the publication of a guide, expert workshops and the participation of key European partners in the negotiations of the UN Declaration, the main opportunities and obstacles to protect the right to seeds in Europe. It will also discuss how to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that they do not infringe, but facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.