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Parliamentary Alliances

Over 790 million people currently suffer from hunger. Parliamentarians have a critical role to play in ensuring that food and nutrition security are high on political and legislative agendas.

Parliamentary alliances to end hunger and malnutrition.

Collaboration between Parliamentarians can strengthen political will and increase impact. The Parliamentary Front against Hunger (PFH) in Latin America and the Caribbean has produced 4 framework laws (e.g. on family farming, school feeding, right to food) and over 20 national laws on food and nutrition security. In October 2016 the Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was established and an alliance of European Union Parliamentarians met for the first time.  

FAO promotes exchanges of good practices, legal frameworks, public policies and experiences. FAO also assists in the development of specific national laws and policies, provides technical information and statistics, and fora for dialogue and exchange between Parliamentarians.

Key policy messages

  • Everyone has a right to adequate, safe, sufficient and nutritious food, and to freedom from hunger. Evidence shows that where strong political will translates into public policies and programs that are anchored in legislation, the indicators on food and nutrition security improve significantly. 
  • Political will is fundamental to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. Parliamentarians are best placed to ensure food and nutrition security are at the top of political agendas, and to drive change, pass laws, oversee budgets and direct public policy. Connecting parliamentarians across regions can empower and facilitate this work and ensure continuity during periods of governmental change. 
  • Eradicating hunger is not just an agricultural issue, but a cross-sectoral effort involving Parliamentarians from multiple sectors (e.g. economic, planning, education, health, gender, infrastructure, industry and commerce, social protection, environment). Nonpartisan collaboration at national level can also help build political trust between parties.
  • FAO is intensifying its collaboration with parliamentarians by offering technical expertise, capacity building, facilitating dialogue and sharing experiences between countries and regions. 
  • Parliamentarians have an important role to play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as regional initiatives (e.g. the Malabo Declaration for a hunger free Africa), to end poverty and hunger. Parliamentary alliances are one important collaborative mechanism to achieve these goals. 

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