The effects of climate change on the realisation of the right to adequate food in Kenya

Khayundi, Francis Mapati Bulimo (2012) The effects of climate change on the realisation of the right to adequate food in Kenya. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This thesis examines the interplay between the effects of climate change and human rights. It seeks to interrogate the contribution of human rights in addressing the effects of climate change on the enjoyment of the right to food in Kenya. Climate change has been recognised as a human rights issue. Despite this acknowledgement, many states are yet to deal with climate change as a growing threat to the realisation of human rights. The situation is made worse by the glacial pace in securing a binding legal agreement to tackle climate change. The thesis also reveals that despite their seemingly disparate and disconnected nature, both the human rights and climate change regimes seek to achieve the same goal albeit in different ways. The thesis argues that a considerable portion of the Kenyan population has not been able to enjoy the right to food as a result of droughts and floods. It adopts the view that, with the effects of climate change being evident, the frequency and magnitude of droughts and floods has increased with far reaching consequences on the right to food. Measures by the Kenyan government to address the food situation have always been knee jerk and inadequate in nature. This is despite the fact that Kenya is a signatory to a number of human rights instruments that deal with the right to food. With the promulgation of a new Constitution with a justiciable right to food, there is a need for the Kenyan government to meet its human rights obligations. This thesis concludes by suggesting ways in which the right to food can be applied in order to address some of the effects of climate change. It argues that by adopting a human rights approach to the right to food, the State will have to adopt measures that take into consideration the impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the State is under an obligation to engage in activities that will not contribute to climate change and negatively affect the right.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate change, Human rights, Food, Droughts, Floods, Kenya, Constitution, Legal agreement
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KT Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Aria, and Antarctica > Africa
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Law
Supervisors:Juma, Laurence
ID Code:2993
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:18 Jun 2012 12:05
Last Modified:18 Jun 2012 12:05
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