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CELAC Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication

CELAC's Plan Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication 2025 emerges from a political will of the thirty-three countries in the region to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2025.

The Plan has four main pillars seeking to strengthen all aspects of food security. It is composed by ten main lines of action to develop national, subregional and regional policies, programs, strategies and projects to assist the 34 million people who still live with hunger in the Region.

CELAC plan contains the main successful food security policies and initiatives developed by countries in the region, and has become the major roadmap towards zero hunger by 2025.

Latin America and the Caribbean seeks to eradicate hunger by 2025

Since the First Summit of Heads of State and Government of CELAC, held in Chile in 2013, the eradication of hunger is being taken as a priority.

The summit recognized the pioneering role of Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 Initiative as the first covenant by which the region decided not only to reduce but to eradicate hunger.

The II CELAC Summit held in Havana, Cuba, requested FAO, ALADI and ECLAC to prepare a food security plan for CELAC.

During the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CELAC, held in San Jose, Costa Rica, countries formally adopted the Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication of CELAC 2025.

This plan became a milestone for global food security, serving not only as the main tool for food security in Latin America and the Caribbean, but as a model to be replicated by other regions.

Four pillars of food security

CELAC's Food Security Plan is based on four pillars aiming at guaranteeing the four dimensions of food security: food access, availability, use and stability.

  • Pillar 1: Coordinated strategies for food security through national and regional public policies. Countries shall strengthen their legal and institutional food security frameworks, facilitate trade, avoid losses and food waste and encourage procurement programs.
  • Pillar 2: Timely and sustainable access to safe, adequate, sufficient and nutritious food for all people. Access is the main problem of food security in the region. To address this, the CELAC Plan encourages conditional transfer programs, the improvement of labour markets, and strong support for family farming.
  • Pillar 3: Nutritional wellness for all vulnerable groups. This pillar promotes school feeding programs, with particular emphasis in connecting family farming producers through public purchases, and promoting healthy habits.
  • Pillar 4: Ensuring stability of production and timely response to natural and man-made disasters: The creation and maintenance of food reserves, the consolidation of public stocks for emergencies and a strong component of prevention and disaster management are some of the elements of this pillar.

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