Do All Roads Lead to Rome? Institutional Roadblocks to Human Rights Mainstreaming in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Carolin Anthes’ Ph.D. pro­ject deals with the con­tested system-wide United Nations hu­man rights main­stream­ing initiative and in­vesti­gates how it has been taken up by the Food and Agri­culture Orga­nization of the United Nations (FAO), a spe­cialized ag­ency de­dicated to end­ing hunger and mal­nutrition world­wide.

Based on the re­searcher’s former work ex­perience within FAO’s Right to Food Team and in-depth multi-sited field re­search, the study identi­fies and ana­lyzes multi-di­men­sional in­st­itutional road­blocks, which pre­vent the right to food from being fully main­streamed within the or­ga­ni­zation. The pro­ject ad­dresses a gap in in-depth re­search on UN agencies and their human rights practices, in par­ti­cular on the FAO, the UN’s larg­est but in In­ter­nat­ional Re­lations (IR) re­search so far ne­glec­ted spe­cialized ag­ency. It con­tri­butes to further “opening up”, in­vesti­gating and theo­rizing inter­national or­ga­ni­zations and their insti­tu­tional and cult­ural rea­lities in (and beyond) the dis­ci­pline of IR.

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  • Anthes, Carolin
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Human Rights Organization: Advancing the Right to Food to Promote Public Health | 2018

Anthes, Carolin/De Schutter, Olivier (2018): The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Human Rights Organization: Advancing the Right to Food to Promote Public Health, in: Meier, Benjamin M./ Gostin, Lawrence O. (eds), Human Rights in Global Health. Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World, New York: Oxford University Press, 261-280, https://global.oup.com/(...).

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Human Rights to Geneva – Food Security to Rome? | 2016

Anthes, Carolin (2016): Human Rights to Geneva – Food Security to Rome?, Food Governance, 12.12.2016.

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