The ultimate goal of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is to ensure adequate nutrition for all people worldwide. In order to achieve this aim, the FAO even set up an internal unit in 2006 to firmly establish the so-called right to food within the organisation.
Despite these efforts, the FAO still faces great difficulties in ensuring the right to adequate food. Carolin Anthes has addressed this problem in her dissertation entitled "Institutional Roadblocks to Human Rights Mainstreaming in the FAO - A Tale of Silo Culture in the United Nations System". She examines institutional factors that impede a firm establishment of the right to food. For this purpose, the researcher conducted interviews with FAO employees and observed the 43rd plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security.
In her study, Carolin Anthes identifies a "silo culture" at various levels within the UN organisation. Different departments operate strictly separated from each other, which complicates the establishment of a right to food approach within the FAO. Cooperation between different UN authorities and the representations of the individual member states is also affected by this silo culture. In addition, so-called "mental silos" themselves occur on a personal level, making the work within the FAO more complicated.
The book Institutional Roadblocks to Human Rights Mainstreaming in the FAO was published by Springer VS. It is part of the series Studien des Leibniz-Instituts Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung.