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Ending Hunger and Malnutrition - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Collaboration with Parliamentarians on Food and Nutrition Security











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    FAO’s Collaboration with Parliamentary Networks
    Engaging with parliamentarians to promote food security and nutrition and sustainable agrifood systems
    2024
    Parliamentary action is critical to securing the right to adequate food and transforming food systems that deliver healthy diets for all. Food security and nutrition indicators tend to show significant improvement when there is strong political will informing public policies and programmes anchored in legislation. FAO, through its Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, seeks partnership and closer collaboration with parliamentarians, considering these relationships as key to its work on meeting mutual commitments on food and nutrition security, including the right to adequate food. In line with the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031, which seeks to support the 2030 Agenda through the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, FAO continues to widen and deepen its collaboration with parliamentarians. in 2023, the second Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition in, resulted with the approval of the first Global Parliamentary Pact against Hunger and Malnutrition. The Pact represents a historic milestone in the fight to end hunger and achieve food security for all, as the first global parliamentary pact on the progressive realization of the right to adequate food and the transformation of agrifood systems.
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    Enabling Parliamentarian Action to Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Eastern Africa - TCP/SFE/3703 2022
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    Food insecurity and malnutrition remain major public health and socio economic development challenges in Africa, most particularly in Eastern Africa subregion Close to half of the total undernourished population of the African continent resides in Eastern Africa approximately 28 million people in the subregion are severely food insecure according to recent data The critical role of Members of Parliament ( in advancing national and regional food and nutrition agendas makes them important partners in achieving food and nutrition security in Eastern Africa subregion Building on global and regional momentum to mobilize MPs in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition, FAO and the Pan African Parliament ( signed a memorandum of understanding MoU for the establishment of a PAP alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA FSN) in 2016 At a subsequent meeting, held in Kigali in 2017 commitments were made to establish national Parliamentary Alliances for Food and Nutrition Security in Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda The agenda of this meeting focused on the role of lawmakers in ensuring Food Security and Nutrition ( and the importance of MPs’ support to ending hunger and malnutrition in the subregion This resulted in MPs’ further commitment to forming a subregional platform to promote learning and experience sharing Participating MPs also called on continuous support from FAO in their efforts to establish and operationalize national and regional alliances Events such as the Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ( Biennial Conference, both held in 2018 continued to strengthen commitments by MPs to intensify their efforts to fight hunger in a transformational way For example, the Global Parliamentary Summit invited Parliaments where parliamentary alliances against hunger and malnutrition do not exist, to create them and to strengthen them as a political commitment and to contribute to achieving a world free from hunger in 2030 This project, which was developed upon request of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development ( supports the formation of parliamentarian alliances in Eastern African countries and builds the capacity of parliamentarians to advocate, generate political commitment, strengthen legislative and policy environments and improve budget allocation for FSN issues.
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    Strengthening Capacities of Parliamentarians in Africa for an Enabling Environment for Food Security and Nutrition Including the Right to Adequate Food - TCP/RAF/3612 2020
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    Despite remarkable progress in some sub-regions and countries, the overall situation of food security and nutrition (FSN) in Africa continues to lag behind global trends. Approximately one out of four persons in Sub-Saharan Africa and one out of five on the continent were estimated to be undernourished in 2015. Although the overall prevalence of hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa fell by 30 percent between 1990-1992 and 2015 in absolute numbers, undernourishment increased over the same period and the progress made in tackling hunger did not translate into improved nutrition. The region is not on course to meet most World Health Assembly nutrition targets for the next decade. In 2014 the Malabo Declaration committed African leaders to reducing stunting to 10 percent in Africa by 2025, with the aim of eliminating hunger in Africa in the next decade. The Africa Regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025 outlines the specific role of the African Union Commission (AUC) in the elimination of hunger and malnutrition. Evidence has shown that the most effective FSN policies and frameworks are those anchored in legislation. Although the right to adequate food is explicitly expressed in seven national Constitutions in Africa, and implicitly in a further 18, there remains the need to address structural challenges and create an enabling environment for FSN. Given their legislative, budgetary and policy oversight roles, parliamentarians are critical partners in the fight to eradicate poverty and malnutrition. In May 2016, at the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Second Pan-African Parliament over 100 parliamentarians from across Africa

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