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Food Equity

A ‘right to nutrition’ in its social, legal and political context

22 June 2021 12:00–13:30

A ‘right to nutrition’ in its social, legal and political context: how international rights translate to Zambian realities. Among approaches to addressing malnutrition, the language of human rights is notably present in international nutrition discourse and national policy and covenants, but the conceptualisation, implications and utility of human rights for nutrition practice are contested.

This seminar will present research exploring how the utility of a ‘right to nutrition’ is perceived by different actors – across policy, legal and development sectors; and global, national and local levels, with a focus on Zambia – and how differences in interpretation of rights affect their potential for reducing malnutrition.

This seminar is part of the Food Equity Seminar series and is co-organised with Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, and Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre.


  • Jody Harris is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies with a research interest in the politics and ethics of food systems and nutrition policy. She conducts research into power in societies, power in policy processes, and power in international nutrition and food systems, as well as the ethics of intervention into these spaces.
  • Ruth Stirton is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex Law School, approaching legal research in light of social and political context and exploring the gap between law and policy as written and the way in which it is implemented on the ground, as well as the limits of the law.

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