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Brochure of the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition

The European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition

European Parliament

The European Parliament is the directly elected legislative body of the European Union. It is composed of 705 Members from the 27 Member States.

FAO views the role of Parliamentarians as strategic in approving the right policies, setting up legal and institutional frameworks and in allocating appropriate resources. Therefore, FAO works with Parliamentarians from different nationalities, political groups and committees.

Primarily, the work of FAO Brussels focuses on the European Parliament Committees on:

The European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition

Constituted in April 2016, the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition brings together more than 25 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different nationalities, political groups and parliamentary committees.

Through the Alliance, MEPs are actively contributing to consolidate the political commitment to fight against hunger and malnutrition at the EU level. The Alliance provides a platform for policy dialogue and awareness raising on the right to adequate food for all, on the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and on making agriculture more sustainable and resilient.

Membership is open to all Members dedicated to achieving Zero Hunger and working on the issues mentioned below.

Areas of work

After its first constituent meeting during the new legislature, which took place in December 2019, Members of the Alliance decided on 5 thematic clusters on which to focus the work of the alliance.

  • The EU Green Deal: Climate change and natural resource management
  • Sustainable value chains and responsible investment
  • Nutrition for all and food systems transformation: making sure that our food systems are healthy and sustainable
  • The peace-humanitarian development nexus
  • Addressing rural extreme poverty and inequality

Recent Initiatives

Recent initiatives carried out under the auspices of the Alliance – together with FAO and other partners –include a set of Brussels-based policy debates aimed at promoting constructive, multi-stakeholder and action-oriented dialogue on relevant topics related to food and nutrition security, including:

  1. World Food Day Celebration "Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future", 16 October 2020
  2. "Fish(ing) for Future": Sustainable fish for food security and nutrition in Africa, 9 September 2020
  3. Internal Digital Briefing "Sustainable Food Systems in times of global crises", 13 July 2020
  4. European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition Constituent Meeting, 10 December 2019
  5. Exchange of views with FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo with three Parliamentary Committees, 18 November 2019
  6. Investing in Nutrition: Partnering for Action, 15 October 2019
  7. Do Good: Save Food! Educating future generations for a zero food waste world, 21 February 2019
  8. High-level Conference on Forests at the Heart of Sustainable Development, 7 February 2019
  9. Food 2030: Research and Innovation for a #ZeroHunger World, 16 October 2018
  10. Agroecology - Opportunities and Challenges for European Development Policy, 20 March 2018
  11. Policy debate on addressing the links between food security, rural development and migration, 20 November 2017

Members of the European Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition

Eric ANDRIEU  
S&D, FR

 

Benoît BITEAU
Greens/EFA, FR

 

Biljana BORZAN

S&D, HR

 

Franc BOGOVIČ

EPP, SI

 

Isabel CARVALHAIS

S&D, PT

 

Mohammed CHAHIM

S&D, NL

 

Ignazio CORRAO
NI, IT

 

Paolo DE CASTRO

S&D, IT

 

Herbert DORFMANN

EPP, IT

 

Michael GAHLER

EPP, DE

 

Francisco GUERREIRO

Greens/EFA, PT

 

Heidi HAUTALA

Greens/EFA, FI

 

Pierre KARLESKIND

RE, FR

 

Petros KOKKALIS

GUE/NGL, EL

 

Norbert LINS

EPP, DE

 

Javi LÓPEZ

S&D, ES

 

Mairead MCGUINNESS

EPP, IE

 

Marlene MORTLER

EPP, DE

 

Norbert NEUSER

S&D, DE

 

Maria NOICHL

S&D, DE

 

Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN

EPP, FI

 

Michèle RIVASI

Greens/EFA, FR

 

María Soraya RODRÍGUEZ RAMOS

RE, ES

 

Marc TARABELLA

S&D, BE

 

Patrizia TOIA

S&D, IT

 

Inese VAIDERE

EPP, LV

 

Sarah WIENER

Greens/EFA, AT

 

Chrysoula ZACHAROPOULOU

RE, FR

 

Carlos ZORRINHO

S&D, PT

 

Marco ZULLO

NI, IT

 

Global Parliamentary Action

Experience has shown that Parliamentarians across the globe are critical actors in the fight to eradicate poverty and malnutrition, given their legislative, budgetary and policy oversight roles. They also represent important stakeholders in the development process. Thus, parliamentarians play a significant role in establishing an enabling political and legislative environment to achieve food and nutrition security.

In 2009, in the framework of the regional initiative “Latin America and Caribbean without hunger,” the first Parliamentary Front Against Hunger emerged with the support of FAO and the Spanish Cooperation with the mission to strengthen legislative and institutional frameworks in the parliaments of the region, in order to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

Since then, up to 25 national and sub–regional fronts have been founded in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 23 Parliamentary Alliances were created in Asia, Europe and Africa. These Parliamentary Networks are facilitating, policy dialogues and debates that led the development of specific legal frameworks to improve food security and tackle malnutrition. As a result, more than 30 national laws and framework laws on the right to food, food security and nutrition, school feeding and family farming were adopted at national and regional level.

In 2014, during the pre-conference meeting of the Second Conference on Nutrition ICN2, parliamentarians reiterated their engagement and responsibilities as key actors to achieve hunger, considering the parliaments “institutions capable of addressing the problem of malnutrition within their constitutional mandates.”

The Agenda 2030 adopted by the international community in 2015, also recognized the key roles of non-state actors, such as parliamentarians to raise at the highest level of the political agenda the SDGs and then SDG2.

First Global Summit Against Hunger and Malnutrition

On 29 and 30 October 2018, the Spanish Parliament and Senate, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Latin America and the Caribbean Parliamentary Front against Hunger jointly organized the First Global Parliamentary Summit on Hunger and Malnutrition in Madrid, Spain, with the support of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO).

The objective was to bring together Parliamentarians from all over the world to discuss how to strengthen action on eradicating hunger as well as discuss issues linked to nutrition, overweight and obesity in the aim of taking effective action to achieve SDG2.

Over 150 parliamentarians from 80 countries from all continents participated. The European Parliament was represented by an ad hoc delegation from the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Development Committee.

The Summit saw the adoption of a ‘Call for action to achieve Zero Hunger and ensure the right to adequate food for all’.