FIAN International, the FoodFirst Information and Action Network, was founded in 1986. It was the first international human rights organization to advocate the realisation of the right to food, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. FIAN consists of national sections present in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Its individual members come from over 50 countries. FIAN is a not-for-profit organization without any religious or political affiliation and has consultative status with the United Nations.
FIAN envisions a world free from hunger, in which every person fully enjoys her/his human rights in dignity, particularly the right to adequate food.
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 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.
FIAN analyzes 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. We follow up cases until the victims get appropriate redress. Within the United Nations system and other legal regimes, we advocate respect for human rights in order to strengthen and improve the international human rights protection.