Food, nutrition and the right to health

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng | November 9, 2023

In her latest UN Report: Food, nutrition and the right to health – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, our 2018 New Voices Fellow analyzes the access to food and nutrition as well as their related clinical  and health outcomes.

Using the frameworks of intersectionality, anti-coloniality and anti-racism, as well as existing international human rights laws and standards, Dr. Tlaleng examines the impact of  lack of access to safe and nutritious food on growth, development and quality of life. She notes in the report that to tackle malnutrition and other related health issues, we must address systemic inequities. “Social determinants of health, such as socioeconomic status, race and gender, shape health outcomes and disparities”, she further writes.

Dr. Tlaleng in this report also identifies best practices used in different parts of the world and encourages a comprehensive approach to the triad of food security, nutrition and the right to health.


To read Dr. Tlaleng’s full report click below.