Call for Expression of Interest: National Review and Dialogue on the Right to Food

Foundation for Humman Rights
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 19 April, 2013
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The Foundation for Human Rights is one of the primary indigenous grant-makers to the Human Rights sector in South Africa. Established in 1996 through a cooperation agreement between the European Union and the South African government, the Foundation receives funds primarily from the European Union as well as other donors such as DCI, Mott Foundation and Care International. The Foundation supports civil society organisations and public institutions to promote and facilitate increased awareness, respect, protection and fulfilment of the rights contained in the Constitution. The Foundation uses a rights-based approach in addressing poverty and inequality. This means that its grantees should adopt an approach which ensures that priority be given to the most vulnerable groups in society, especially the poor, through participation, accountability, non-discrimination and direct linkages to the rights as set out in the Constitution.

The FHR is calling for the Expressions of Interest on the National Review and Dialogue on the Right to Food.
Reference No: SERSA/RA3.2.1/S01
The right to food is written into the Constitution. It is framed as the right to access to sufficient food, but does not have any further content beyond that. The mainstream interpretation of this is to pursue a strategy of national food security to ensure there is enough food to meet the needs of the country. The domestic agricultural system produces most of the marketed food in South Africa and additional needs are met by imports. There are regular surpluses, especially for maize. At the same time, about a third of the population goes hungry, at least some of the time.
Food security considers whether sufficient food is available, whether people can access the available food, and whether the food meets standardised nutritional levels. Unfortunately, food security says little about how food reaches consumers, about alternative nutritional options and measures that might be more effective or contextually appropriate, or how food is produced in the first place.
This call aims to support a programme to systematically review the range of government, civil society, donor and private sector programmes in the context of the right to food. The objective of the Call is to facilitate dialogue on the right to food, including the character of the existing food system and deepening the meaning of the right to food. This includes documenting the range of initiatives and programmes being implemented to realise the right to food, to identify potential synergies and collaborations and to clarify the local factors affecting the implementation of these programmes. It also includes the mobilization of resources for a systematic review of the impact of these programmes in relation to the right to food.
The main activities will be:

  • A national conference on the right to food, attended by CSOs, government departments and agencies, private sector, donor agencies, researchers and donors;
  • Provincial conferences to follow-up on local interventions and to deepen the dialogue at a provincial level, will take place after the national workshop;
  • A national review workshop to collate the findings of the provincial workshops and to advance considerations for a national food strategy and the right to food; and
  • Communications and advocacy work to feed findings into public policy and into the public debate.

Who can apply?
Applicant organisations should meet the following criteria in order to be considered eligible:

  • Be registered, or in the process of registering as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), community-based organisation (CBO), Section 21 company, or a non-profit trust;
  • Have a track record of working on issues of land access and/or small-scale agriculture; and
  • Demonstrate that the proposed project will involve active community participation.

Successful applicants will be awarded amounts of between R150 000 and R350 000.

Application Guidelines

The full guidelines for applications to the above calls for proposals, and the call for expression of interest, can be found on the Foundation’s website Alternatively, copies of the document may be requested from the Foundation. For more information please contact the Grants Unit at 011 339 5560 or at

Applications that do not comply with the guidelines will be rejected. The Foundation also reserves the right to cancel at its sole discretion any of the Calls published through any media.

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