FIAN (originally FoodFirst Information and Action Network) is an international human rights organisation that campaigns for the realisation of the right to food worldwide. FIAN International was founded in 1986 and now has national sections in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. We have members in more than 50 different countries. FIAN Netherlands was founded in April 2007 as the Dutch branch of FIAN International and is a membership based organization.
FIAN’s work is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. FIAN is a grassroots-oriented not-for-profit organisation without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status with the United Nations.
FIAN envisions a world free from hunger, in which every woman, man and child can fully enjoy their human rights, particularly the right to adequate food, in dignity. To that end, FIAN exposes and addresses violations of people’s right to adequate food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves and their families. The struggle against gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion is an integral part of our mission. We strive to secure people’s access to the resources they need in order to feed themselves, now and in the future.
How we work
FIAN analyses and documents concrete cases of violations of the right to adequate food. We raise awareness on the right to adequate food among social movements, non-governmental organisations, governmental bodies, and the general public. We respond to requests from individuals and groups whose right to adequate food is threatened or has been violated and mobilise support. With protest letter campaigns, advocacy and recourse to the law, we exert public pressure in order to hold governments accountable for violations of the right to adequate food.
Find our more about FIAN’s work worldwide at FIAN International.
Our annual reports can be found here.