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Hunger and Structural Inequality

We consider that the right to food is a universal human right. Violation of this right results in hunger and malnutrition.

We believe that the problems of hunger and malnutrition in our country are created by structural poverty and inequality resulting in severe food insecurity. This situation is exemplified by huge problems of unemployment and the ongoing agricultural crisis. The public response to this situation has been far from adequate in terms of protecting and promoting community self-reliance and control on issues of food security, agriculture and livelihoods, and providing basic support services such as the public distribution system (PDS), mid-day meals (MDMs), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), maternity entitlements, crches and childcare services (for optimal infant and young child feeding, including breastfeeding).

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