Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is at the center of FAO’s efforts. In order to achieve this, all stakeholders must be involved. This includes Parliamentarians and non-State actors such as Civil Society and the Private Sector. The importance of Parliamentarian alliances in ending hunger and malnutrition Evidence has shown that the improvement in food and nutrition security is principally due to policies, programs and frameworks that are anchored in legislation. Parliamentarians are fundamental custodians of political commitments on food security and nutrition; therefore critical partners in achieving food and nutrition security. FAO, through its Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division (OPC), seeks partnerships and closer collaboration with Parliamentarians, as we work towards meeting our mutual commitments on food and nutrition security, including the right to adequate food. Parliamentarians’ efforts are key to placing these issues at the highest level of the policy and legislative agendas.

The Parliamentary Front against Hunger (PFH) in Latin America and the Caribbean is a plural group of parliamentarians who seek to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the region through the formulation of effective legislation and public policies, awareness-raising and alliances with civil society, academia, international organizations, and other key actors. Since its formation in 2009, the PFH has directly or indirectly supported the approval of more than 20 laws in areas related to the right to food, contributing towards efforts to achieve food and nutrition security in the region.

The objective of the Voluntary Guidelines is to provide practical guidance to States in their implementation of the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, in order to achieve the goals of the World Food Summit Plan of Action. They provide an additional instrument to combat hunger and poverty and to accelerate attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

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