Topic outline

The course explains human rights concepts and provides tools for consumer organizations as key stakeholders, to support their communication, campaigns, advocacy and policy dialogue and to help bring awareness of human rights closer to consumers.


This course is aimed primarily at consumer organizations, to support their work on food issues.

  • How human rights, the human rights-based approach and the right to food relate to consumer organizations.
  • Areas of action for consumer organizations that can benefit from a human rights-based approach.
  • Human rights instruments and resources that can support the actions of consumer organizations.

The course provides a quick introduction to human rights and the human rights-based approach, as they relate to consumer organizations. Subsequent sections describe some of the areas of action for community organizations that can benefit from a human rights-based approach, specifically:

  • Action 1: Protect the right to food of consumers
  • Action 2: Support national policy and legislative development
  • Action 3: Engage with human rights mechanisms
  • Action 4: Promote sustainable consumption
  • Action 5: Support private sector accountability

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