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ABOUT CEFROHT

CENTER FOR FOOD AND ADEQUATE LIVING RIGHTS (CEFROHT)

CEFROHT is an indigenous not-for-profit legal advocacy and action-research organization using a Human Rights-Based Approach to promote food, climate and economic justice. CEFROHT’s mission is to use legal tools for food justice, climate justice and economic justice through integrated programs, that is-Social justice and Strategic Litigation, Advocacy and Community Empowerment.

CEFROHT’s work is directed towards the interconnection of food justice, climate justice and economic justice promoting adequate living. These include utilizing legal tools to ensure realization of land rights, food security and nutrition, livelihood rights, environmental health and rights. Therefore, CEFROHT’s efforts are targeted towards a sustainable food system, environmental health, nutrition and economic rights which affect the vulnerable populations such as women, children, orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS, persons with disabilities, and the youth. CEFROHT is a center designed for rights on food and livelihoods.

OUR VISION

A world where the right to adequate living for everyone is realized.

OUR MISSION

To promote social justice in food, agriculture and investment systems through strategic litigation, research, advocacy and community empowerment.

OUR CORE VALUES

Integrity
Innovativeness
Social Justice
Equity
Non-discrimination

OUR STRATEGIC APPROACHES (HRBA AND LESA)

(a). Human Rights-Based Approach; CEFROHT understands that unequal power relations and social exclusion deny people their human rights and keeps them in poverty. Therefore, uses Human Rights Based Approach to empower rights-holders to claim their rights, and support duty-bearers to meet their obligations. In this, CEFROHT identifies who has rights (rightsholders) and what freedoms and entitlements they have under law, as well as the obligations of those responsible for making sure rights-holders are enjoying their rights (duty-bearers). Enforcing a “circle of accountability” throughout the policy cycle which helps to ensure that policies and programs are responsive to the needs of rights-holders.

(b).Legal empowerment and social accountabilityCEFROHT strategically uses legal empowerment especially the vulnerable for their adequate living rights. CEFROHT pursues a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded in communities become able to use the law, the legal system, and legal services to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens. This approach is used towards building accountability that relies on individuals and community engagement i.e in which the ordinary citizen or CSOs participate directly in exacting accountability. CEFROHT engages communities, individuals, duty bearers and civil society organizations [CSOs] in actions aimed at holding the State to account, as well as efforts by government and other actors [media, private sector, donors] to support and respond to these actions.

OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

To frame and promote adequate food, agriculture and investment justice as constitutional entitlements.

To ensure trade and investment systems promote public interests, social inclusion, economic justice, and human rights.

To enhance the legal empowerment of communities and capacities of duty bears and other stakeholders in economic rights, and the right to adequate food, nutrition, and health.

Duty bearers at both Local and National Governments are accountable for economic rights, rights to food, nutrition, and health especially the vulnerable groups including women and children

Justiciability of economic rights, the right to food, nutrition, and wellbeing developed, and persons who experience violations of their rights to adequate living have access to justice.

To grow an organization that operates in an effective, efficient, professional, and accountable manner.

CEFROHT is a vibrant and professional institution

OUR THEMATIC AREAS

FOOD JUSTICE

CEFROHT works to promote the right to adequate food. That is, food security, sovereignty, safety, nutrition and prevention of food related NCDs. Under this thematic area, work is directed towards ensuring universal access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food for all, while advocating for the well-being and safety of those involved in the food production process.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Under this thematic area, CEFROHT promotes factors of production particularly land as a right. CEFROHT works to promote land as a human right. Working with communities for their land rights’ legal empowerment and sustainable access to justice using the Human Rights Enforcement Act. CEFROTH promotes constitutional economic entitlements like right to trade especially in the Local Governments systems through the production, commerce and agriculture offices. Using legal tools for sustainable livelihoods projects for income, personal and property security. Therefore, CEFROHT works to create an opportunity for each person to create a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life beyond economics.

CLIMATE JUSTICE

CEFROHT promotes climate justice using a human rights-based approach while acknowledging and promoting the implementation of international environmental and climate change legal instruments like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biodiversity among others. To promote climate justice CEFROHT promotes the Constitutional   right to a clean and healthy environment as a linchpin for sustainable development. This is done especially through promoting agroecology for sustainable agriculture system. CEFROHT therefore uses legal tools for climate mitigation and adaptation like agroecology for safe food production, prevention and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This is because, climate change is ongoing with adverse and severe impacts on human rights like the right to adequate food and right to livelihoods. CEFROHT seeks applies the concept of climate justice to address the adverse impacts of climate change to women and youths’ wellbeing, food security, income security, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods.

OUR VISION

A world where the right to adequate living for everyone is realized.

OUR MISSION

To promote social justice in food, agriculture and investment systems through strategic litigation, research, advocacy and community empowerment.

OUR CORE VALUES

 Integrity
Innovativeness
Social Justice
Equity
Non-discrimination

OUR STRATEGIC APPROACHES (HRBA AND LESA)

(a). Human Rights-Based Approach; CEFROHT understands that unequal power relations and social exclusion deny people their human rights and keeps them in poverty. Therefore, uses Human Rights Based Approach to empower rights-holders to claim their rights, and support duty-bearers to meet their obligations. In this, CEFROHT identifies who has rights (rightsholders) and what freedoms and entitlements they have under law, as well as the obligations of those responsible for making sure rights-holders are enjoying their rights (duty-bearers). Enforcing a “circle of accountability” throughout the policy cycle which helps to ensure that policies and programs are responsive to the needs of rights-holders.

(b).Legal empowerment and social accountabilityCEFROHT strategically uses legal empowerment especially the vulnerable for their adequate living rights. CEFROHT pursues a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded in communities become able to use the law, the legal system, and legal services to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens. This approach is used towards building accountability that relies on individuals and community engagement i.e in which the ordinary citizen or CSOs participate directly in exacting accountability. CEFROHT engages communities, individuals, duty bearers and civil society organizations [CSOs] in actions aimed at holding the State to account, as well as efforts by government and other actors [media, private sector, donors] to support and respond to these actions.

OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

To frame and promote adequate food, agriculture and investment justice as constitutional entitlements.

To ensure trade and investment systems promote public interests, social inclusion, economic justice, and human rights.

To enhance the legal empowerment of communities and capacities of duty bears and other stakeholders in economic rights, and the right to adequate food, nutrition, and health.

Duty bearers at both Local and National Governments are accountable for economic rights, rights to food, nutrition, and health especially the vulnerable groups including women and children

Justiciability of economic rights, the right to food, nutrition, and wellbeing developed, and persons who experience violations of their rights to adequate living have access to justice.

To grow an organization that operates in an effective, efficient, professional, and accountable manner.

CEFROHT is a vibrant and professional institution.

OUR THEMATIC AREAS

FOOD JUSTICE

CEFROHT works to promote the right to adequate food. That is, food security, sovereignty, safety, nutrition and prevention of food related NCDs. Under this thematic area, work is directed towards ensuring universal access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food for all, while advocating for the well-being and safety of those involved in the food production process.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Under this thematic area, CEFROHT promotes factors of production particularly land as a right. CEFROHT works to promote land as a human right. Working with communities for their land rights’ legal empowerment and sustainable access to justice using the Human Rights Enforcement Act. CEFROTH promotes constitutional economic entitlements like right to trade especially in the Local Governments systems through the production, commerce and agriculture offices. Using legal tools for sustainable livelihoods projects for income, personal and property security. Therefore, CEFROHT works to create an opportunity for each person to create a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life beyond economics.

CLIMATE JUSTICE

CEFROHT promotes climate justice using a human rights-based approach while acknowledging and promoting the implementation of international environmental and climate change legal instruments like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biodiversity among others. To promote climate justice CEFROHT promotes the Constitutional   right to a clean and healthy environment as a linchpin for sustainable development. This is done especially through promoting agroecology for sustainable agriculture system. CEFROHT therefore uses legal tools for climate mitigation and adaptation like agroecology for safe food production, prevention and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This is because, climate change is ongoing with adverse and severe impacts on human rights like the right to adequate food and right to livelihoods. CEFROHT seeks applies the concept of climate justice to address the adverse impacts of climate change to women and youths’ wellbeing, food security, income security, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods.

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