The International Food Security Treaty (IFST) Association coordinates activites promoting the worldwide adoption and implementation of the IFST, which aims to place the human right of freedom from hunger under the protection of enforceable international law. The Association’s sister organization, the International Food Security Treaty Campaign, coordinates lobbying efforts to advance the Treaty through legislation.
The Campaign was founded in the United States in the early 1990s by American producer and writer John Teton, who developed the IFST statement of principles in 1993 during a period of anti-hunger research he conducted while working on two hunger eradication projects--a novel (Upsurge, published in 2006) and a real-world social action program, which became the IFSTC. From that point on, the Treaty’s Statement of Principles has served as a touchstone to gather advice and support fueling its growth as a major human rights inititative.
In preparation for the 1996 World Food Summit hosted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Mr. Teton coordinated a series of teleconferences among hunger experts in the U.S. and Canada to put the proposed treaty into its present form, and led a delegation of IFST advocates as participants in the Non-Governmental Organization Forum associated with the Summit. In 1998 he coordinated the Conference on Consensus Strategy on the Right to Food in Santa Barbara, California, with anti-hunger experts from five continents.
From the beginning, the IFST Association has functioned as a volunteer organization, working to gather momentum behind the Treaty Principles among experts, political leaders, religious communities, grassroots networks, and individuals. The organization disseminates information about the IFST through its periodical newsletter, Giant Leap¸ articles requested by other publications (including WHY Magazine, several annual editions of Bread for the World’s annual Hunger Report, and various newspaper articles), media interviews, presentations on major university campuses and government meetings (see Events), and through conferences with U.S. House and Senate staff focusing on strategies to how best present the IFST to Congress.
In 2005 the IFST Association's base of operations shifted from California to Oregon in the United States.
Individuals and organizations from all parts of the U.S. and the world interested in exploring possibilities for advancing the Treaty are encouraged to contact the Association.