The second national convention on the right to food and work was held in Badu (near Kolkata) on 18-20 November 2005. About 400 participants, representing a wide range of organisations working on these issues, participated from all over India. Some participants were also from Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka and possibly Brazil.
The convention was an opportunity to share experiences of struggle for the right to food and work, and to plan further activities. The main themes included the public distribution system, children's right to food, the Employment Guarantee Act, the Right to Information Act, legal action for the right to food, land rights, and forest rights, among others. This will be an action-oriented event, structured around a series of parallel workshops, plenary meetings, training sessions, cultural activities, and more.
The following documents provide further information on the convention:
Convention Programme (as of 8 November)
Venue, directions, and staying arrangements
Draft note on the structure of the Right to Food Campaign [Hindi], prepared by Anuradha Talwar for discussion at the Convention