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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.

 

Foremost amongst the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the eradication of poverty, achieving zero hunger, good health and well-being. The Rome Declaration on Nutrition and Framework for Action also prioritizes the eradication and prevention of hunger and poverty in all its forms. These global commitments are necessary, since despite the progress made, over 790 million people still suffer from hunger and high levels of malnutrition continue to persist.

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is therefore 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.

Key facts

  • Since the establishment of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger (PFH) in Latin America and the Caribbean , 4 framework laws have been produced and more than 20 laws relating to food and nutrition security have been enacted
  • Pan-African Parliament parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition
  • European Parliament:  several MEPs agreed to establish an alliance to discuss issues related to the fight against hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

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