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Stronger political commitment towards ending hunger in Africa and the Arab World

Launch of the Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab World

Ayman Omer, Delivery Manager of FAO’s Regional Initiative on Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa delivering his remarks at the launch of the Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab.

17 January 2019, Rabat – Around 50 parliamentary representatives from Africa and Arab World countries have today, launched the Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab World. This event reaffirms the political commitment of the countries to ensure that everybody has access to sufficient and quality food.

The Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab World is an initiative by the Association of Senate, Shoora and Equivalent Councils in Africa and Arab World (ASSECCA) and is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through its Regional Initiative on Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa.

The network was launched during the International Seminar on National Reconciliation Experiences organized and hosted by the House of Councilors of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. Ayman Omer, Delivery Manager of FAO's Regional Initiative on Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa noted with concern, the increasing trend of global hunger and, in the region specifically.

FAO's most recent estimates indicate that food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvements achieved before 2010. By the end of 2015, the number of undernourished persons has reached 40.2 million.

Omer declared that the launch of the Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab World is a landmark achievement and a huge step towards fighting food insecurity and hunger in the region, "providing Parliamentarians a venue to collectively deliver against their commitments to achieving Zero Hunger in Africa and the Arab World." Omer added.

The role of parliamentarians in favor of Zero Hunger

At present, there are more than 30 Parliamentary Alliances and Fronts across the world.

The Parliamentary Network for Food Security in Africa and the Arab World aligns with the outcome of the Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition held in Madrid, Spain in October 2018.

The Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition is a joint initiative of the Spanish Parliament, 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.

The Summit built on the work carried out by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and FAO since 2006, with the support of the Latin America and the Caribbean Parliamentary Front Against Hunger, within the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, incorporating the legislative powers in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

 


17/01/2019

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