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PARLATINO and FAO step up their fight against hunger and the effects of climate change in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

  |   Parliamentarians, SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO), presented a joint statement to promote increased responsible investment in agriculture and food systems in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I would like to highlight that this crisis is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the way that our agriculture and food systems work, with a view to adopting recovery measures which allow for the economies of all the countries in the region to be rebuilt with equality,” said Jorge Pizarro, President of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO).

“We want a more participatory and more human development model, to build more inclusive societies, where dignity and quality of life is guaranteed,” he concluded.

The statement is based on the 10 Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (), developed by the international platform Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and which are applicable to all types and sizes of agricultural investment.

“We are taking a major step forward, the outcome of a process that began in 2018, over two years ago, with various trainings on the CFS RAI Principles directed at legislators and consultants from the Parliamentary Front against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which PARLATINO is part,” commented Dulclair Sternadt, FAO Partnership Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.

CFS RAI Principles

The CFS RAI Principles are intended to provide guidance on how to promote investments that strengthen food and nutrition security, as well as economic development and the sustainable use of natural resources.

These are guidelines that contribute to the mitigation of, and recovery from, the effects of the current pandemic, rebuilding more productive and resilient food systems in readiness for future crises.

According to Silvia Giacoppo, Argentine Senator, Alternate Secretary of Commissions of PARLATINO and focal point for FAO, “the intention of the statement from PARLATINO and FAO is to promote the application of the CFS RAI Principles through normative instruments in order to achieve concrete results on this matter.

Model Law on Climate Change and Food and Nutrition Security

The Commission on Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing and the Commission on Environment and Tourism of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO) unanimously approved the first draft Model Law on Climate Change and Food and Nutrition Security.

“It is the first law at the regional level that addresses the problem of climate change, taking into consideration the effects it has on food and nutrition security. It is an historical process supported by the FAO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),” says Manuela Cuvi, the FAO Legal Officer for Latin America.

A model law from PARLATINO is a legal framework of reference that countries can use as a basis for developing their own national policies and laws.

 

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