Members of the Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA-FSN) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), have held an intensive capacity building session, at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa.
The session facilitated by both PAP and the FAO, seeks to strengthen and consolidate the capacities of parliamentarians in addressing food security and nutrition, as well as placing the right to adequate food, at the forefront of political and legislative agendas at both regional and national levels.
First Vice-president of PAP and the President of the Alliance, Hon. Stephen Masele, noted that the session would pave way for efficient delivery of a model law that would ultimately be made to remedy food deprivation in Africa.
“Approximately one person in four in Sub-Saharan Africa and one in five on the continent have suffered from chronic food deprivation in 2017. The overall situation of food security and nutrition (FSN) in Africa continues to worsen. We are consequently obliged to reflect and review policies and legislation with the aim to achieve zero hunger”, he said.
Underlining the importance of the meeting, FAO Representative in South Africa, Francesco Pierri, identified that the session was critical in setting the foundation to meet targets set under the global development agenda.
He further reiterated the commitment of the FAO to partnering with PAP towards ensuring food security, adding that the FAO is ready to share its knowledge and expertise to support the actions of PAPA-FSN and national parliaments.
Themes discussed at the meeting included; legislating for the right to adequate food; nutrition and sustainable food systems for healthy diets; and many others.
The Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was formed in October 2016 as a response to the call to find innovative ways of managing the mounting food security challenges.