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Child Hunger and Human Rights
International Governance

ISBN 9781138874183
Published April 10, 2015 by Routledge
192 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Child Hunger and Human Rights: International Governance applies the human rights theory of legal obligation to the problem of child malnutrition and investigates whether duty-bearers have fulfilled their obligations to protect, respect and provide.

This book includes moral, economic, political and legal components to the research on the child’s right to be free from hunger. Using two methods of investigation; the first a historical comparative method based on the systematic analysis of the content of historical materials, government documents, policy statements, state budgets, newspaper reports and other public records, and the second is statistical analysis. Apodaca investigates beyond the suffering, deformities, and deaths of children, to child malnutrition resulting in reduced physical and mental development threatening the child’s life opportunities, the prospects of further generations, and the growth of the economy.

Examining the connection between governmental agricultural, economic and financial policies, international donor policies, and transnational corporate voluntary codes of conduct affecting child malnutrition rates, this book will be of interest to policy-makers, activists, students and scholars of human rights, social justice, international ethics, development, international relations and law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Child Hunger and the Rights-Based Approach  3. A State’s Obligation for the Child’s Right to Food  4. The International Community’s Obligations Under the Human Right to Food  5. The Duties of International Financial Institutions to the Child’s Right to be Free from Hunger  6. Transnational Obligations of Multinational Corporations  7. The Investment and Empowerment of Women  8. Hunger in the Developed World  9. Conclusion

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Clair Apodaca is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Florida International University, USA.