About us

FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition. 

We envision a world free from hunger, in which every woman, man and child can fully enjoy their human rights in dignity, particularly the right to adequate food.

Our mission is to expose violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. 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 that they need in order to feed themselves, now and in the future.

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Frequently asked questions

What is food?
We tend to associate “food” with a product that we can buy in a store. Something that is drank, chewed and swallowed, and with enough nutrients and caloric energy that allow us to keep moving and staying alive. Yet, food goes beyond. Food is our source of life, identity and social relations. Food determines how we relate to ourselves, nature and others, and makes it possible for us to be born, grow, develop, learn, work, play, make love, give birth, breastfeed, and be fulfilled and socially active in our societies.
Can we really choose what we eat?
The answer is yes and no. On the one hand, the current political context lies behind every meal we consume. Hundreds of decisions made through food politics are constantly influencing our lives. Be by our cultures, local authorities, national and international laws, or aggressive advertising, we are conditioned when it comes to eating. Behind the increasingly influence over our diets are large corporations, which more and more determine what it is on our plates. Without realizing, we might be prioritizing processed, fortified food, instead of fresh vegetables and fruits. Have you ever wondered why?

But on the other hand, we can proactively try to understand the world that surrounds us, the environment we depend on, and take action. Not only can we consciously make better choices when it comes to food, but we can also become politically active in a way that it contributes to the protection of all people’s human rights and nature. This brings us to the following question.
Is eating a political act?
Eating can certainly become a political act, if we want to. While the tomato we buy at the local market might have grown in a sustainable way for the environment and might have contributed to the local economy of small-scale producers, the tea we are buying at the supermarket may drag a history of exploitation to tea plantation workers near our homes or on the other corner of the world. These options entail very different choices. If you want to be active against social injustice, this could be just the start. Yet, there is much more to do.

Why do hunger and malnutrition exist?
There is enough food to feed the world, so it is not a question of scarcity. Politics, economy and ideology are all at the very bottom of the structural causes that determine hunger and malnutrition around the globe. In other words, the inadequate intake of food of a family or a whole society may be the result of one or various reasons such as land distribution, income, sex and gender identity, discrimination based on race and ethnicity, to mention just a few.

Why work right to food and not food security?
Food security is the condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

The right to food is more than a condition. It is the right that every human being has, alone or in community with others, to be free from hunger and malnutrition, to have physical and economic access at all times to adequate food – in quality and quantity – that is nutritious and culturally acceptable. It is also about our right to access all means for its procurement, like land, water and seeds, in a sustainable and dignified manner, while ensuring the highest level of physical, emotional and intellectual development.

As you see, food security is just an element of the right to food. Behind every violation of our right to food there is social injustice that needs to be tackled.
Why should we transform the global food systems?
Our mindset and the current ways in which food is produced must also change if we want to ensure that each person in the world is able to adequately exercise their right to food. Food sovereignty, as a political framework and agro-ecology as the key way to transform food production and consumption, are concrete alternatives to the predominant industrial food systems.

Transition to just and sustainable food systems is a must. This means moving from a focus on food as a commodity to a focus on food as commons embedded in socio-ecological and cultural contexts, putting people and peoples at the center, social equity and justice, striving for a democratic control over natural resources and wealth strengthening knowledge and skills of the small-scale food producers, working with nature and not against it, valuing food providers, reducing distances between food providers and consumers thus localizing food systems and strengthening local control of how food is produced and distributed.
Is there hope?
Of course there is! But that totally depends on us. From fostering and buying at local markets and participating in food councils, to standing up against the violation of human rights of all people, we can prevent that 821 million of human beings go hungry every day. We can speak up against the dominant food supply chains that lead millions more to suffering malnutrition, and advocate for sustainable and local food systems that makes us and nature healthy.

FIAN International believes that there is hope and tries to address all root causes of hunger and malnutrition, often unnoticed. You can become politically active in your community to support the struggle for the right to food, support our work, or all at the same time!

FIAN in the world

International Secretariat

-Heidelberg office-
Willy-Brandt-Platz 5
69115 Heidelberg
phone: +49-6221 65300 30
fax: +49-6221 6530033
www.fian.org
contact(at)fian.org 

-Geneva office-
Maison des Associations 15
Rue des Savoises 
CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland 
phone: +41-22 328 03 41 
fax: +41-22 328 03 42 
www.fian.org
contact(at)fian.org

 

Africa

FIAN Burikina Faso
03 BP7104
Ouaga 03 (BF)
Burkina Faso
fianburkina(at)gmail.com 
www.fian-bf.org
FIAN Uganda
P.O BOX 24612 Kampala
Uganda
Tel: +256 785 927829
fianuganda(at)gmail.com

FIAN Zambia
Plot 100/655, Ibex Hill, off lake road
Lusaka
Zambia
mobile: +260 9548530    
mulenga(at)fian.org

Americas

FIAN Brazil
Rua 19, N. 35 - Ed. Dom Abel
1º  Andar Sala 02
Centro CEP74030-090
Goiânia - GO, Brazil
phone: +55-62 3092 4611
www.fianbrasil.org.br/
fian(at)fianbrasil.org.br

FIAN Colombia
Carrera 10 No. 24 – 76 
Oficina 302
Bogotá, Colombia
phone: + 57 (1) 2840047 Ext. 22.    
porderechoalimentacion(at)gmail.com    
www.fiancolombia.org

FIAN Ecuador
La Isla N27-24 y Jose Valentin Sector de Las Casas
Quito, Ecuador
phone: +593-22237622fax: 
+593-23 203 834
www.fianecuador.org.ec
info(at)fianecuador.org.ec

FIAN Mexico
Huatusco 39, Col. Roma Sur, 
Deleg. Cuauhtémoc, C.P.06760,
México D. F., Mexico
phone: +52 55 5211 6256
fax: +52 55 5211 6256
fian_mex(at)yahoo.com.mx

FIAN Honduras
Colonia Tepeyac Boulevard
Las Minitas Apartamentos
Vista Hermosa No. 17
Tegucigalpa, MDC Honduras
Mailing address: Apdo. Postal 5303
Tegucigalpa. A.M.d.C., Honduras
phone: +504-213 9258
fax: +504-232 6780
www.fian.hn
fian(at)fian.hn

Asia

FIAN India
5/26 - A (Ground Floor)
Jangpura B
New Delhi - 110014, India
phone: +91-11 24375286/ 24371223
www.fian.in
(Visit the website for more
contact information)
fianindia2011(at)gmail.com

FIAN Indonesia
dian.fianindonesia(at)gmail.com 
laksmi.fianindonesia(at)gmail.com

FIAN Nepal
PO Box 11363
Kathmandu, Nepal
phone: +977-1 50 11 609
fax: +977-1 55 27 834
www.fiannepal.org
info(at)fiannepal.org

FIAN Sri Lanka
tkariya32(at)yahoo.com

FIAN Philippines
91 Madasalin Street,
Sikatuna Village
Diliman, Quezon City
Philippines 1101
phone: +63-23 517 553
fax: +63-241 339 35
www.fianphilippines.org
fian.philippines(at)gmail.com

Europe

FIAN Austria
Schwarzspanierstraße 15/3/1
A-1090 Wien, Austria
phone: +43-1 - 2350239-11
fax: +43-1 2350239-20
www.fian.at
office(at)fian.at

FIAN Belgium
Rue van Elewijck 35
1050 Brussel, Belgium
phone: +32-264 084 17
www.fian.be
fian(at)fian.be

FIAN Germany
Gottesweg 104
50939 Cologne, Germany
phone: +49-221 474 491 10
fax: +49-221 474 491 11
www.fian.de   
fian(at)fian.de
FIAN Norway
Kirkegata 5
0153 Oslo, Norway
phone: +47-901 38 264
fax: +47 22 47 92 01
www.fian.no
post(at)fian.no
FIAN Portugal
Lisboa
geral(at)fianportugal.org
www.fianportugal.org 
FIAN Sweden
Tegelviksgatan 40
116 41 Stockholm, Sweden
phone: +46-864 393 47    
www.fian.se
info(at)fian.se
FIAN Switzerland
Maison des Associations
15, Rue des Savoises
CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland
phone: +41-22 328 0340
fax: +41-22 328 0342
www.fian-ch.org
fian(at)fian-ch.org