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LAC’s social development ministers analyze the progress made by CELAC’s Hunger Eradication Plan

FAO presented a report on the plan’s implementation, the region’s main agreement to achieve zero hunger

The countries of the region are fully implementing CELAC’s Food Security Plan.

October 27, 2015, Santiago, Chile - The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, has become one of the main actors in the fight against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, said Raul Benitez, FAO’s Regional Representative.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, presented the second progress report on CELAC’s Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication 2025, during the II Meeting of CELAC’s Social Development Ministers, held in Caracas, Venezuela, with delegations from 25 countries.

"CELAC’s food security plan represents the will of an entire region to eradicate hunger, and is strengthening and supporting national and regional actions to address all the causes of hunger," Benitez said.

Gladys Requena, Vice President for Social Matters of Venezuela, said that: “the progress in the fight against hunger and poverty in the region is due to the implementation of diverse social policies by all member states of CELAC, a sign of our government’s solid commitment in favor of social development and inclusion of each and everyone.”

Full speed ahead

According to the progress report presented by FAO, the countries of the region are fully implementing CELAC’s Food Security Plan.

Antigua and Barbuda is receiving support for its Zero Hunger Challenge, while Barbados is receiving technical support to create its school feeding program. 

Other countries such as Belize and the Bahamas, are defining indicators to measure the progress made in terms of the measures proposed by the CELAC Plan, while Bolivia –country which will assume the Pro-Tempore Presidency of CELAC in 2017-  is developing its strategy to implement the plan.

Brazil is working to bring the lessons of its key initiatives -Zero-hunger and Brazil without misery- to the development of CELAC’s Plan, while Chile is implementing projects for South-South Cooperation to improve the nutrition of children under 5 years of age in Jamaica and Guyana.

Colombia is working with the Pro-Tempore Presidency of CELAC (now in the hands of Ecuador) to organize an international seminar on poverty and inequality reduction.

In September, a regional seminar was conducted to move towards creating a regional alliance for reducing food losses and waste in the region, which according to FAO are enough to feed more than ten times the total number of people who suffer hunger in the region.

"This is just a small sample of the many actions that are being developed in all the countries of our region. Latin America and the Caribbean is increasingly closer to ending hunger, and we must work to refine and share the rich repertoire of successful policies that have accumulated,” said FAO’s Regional Representative.

Blanca Lilia García, Director General of International Relations and Special Projects of Mexico, thanked the FAO, ECLAC and ALADI for the support they have given, adding that the results achieved to date are an example of the strong political will of Latin America and the Caribbean’ governments and their commitment to ensuring fundamental human rights, especially the right to food.

In November two important dialogues will be held: the first is about family farming and public food supply systems, a policy that has been very successful in the region, and the second will be the VI Forum of the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger, which will serve to exchange experiences on legislation related to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

A digital platform for food security

The social development ministers formally adopted a digital platform, developed by FAO at the request of CELAC, which is an information system that presents a dynamic outlook of the state of food security and the fight against hunger and poverty in Latin America and Caribbean.

On the platform users can find policy and institutional frameworks, policies, strategies and the successful programs that countries are implementing, as well as the regional offer of training courses, a repository of publications, and an updated calendar of events relating to food security and other key issues.

The Platform for Food Security and Nutrition promotes the exchange of experiences and the fluid and continuous development of South-South cooperation among countries in the region, in the framework of CELAC’s Food Security Plan.

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