The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica launches the Parliamentary Front against Hunger strategic plan
Representatives, members of the Costa Rican Parliamentary Front against Hunger and Malnutrition (FPHM), have presented the 2018-2022 strategic plan which aims to lead and impact dialogue, debate and political advocacy to reduce all forms of malnutrition.
“To achieve zero hunger, measures must be taken to transform food systems to make them sustainable, fair and inclusive. This requires regulations that facilitate the population’s access to nutritious, safe products at a fair price and produced in an environmentally-responsible way,” added Paola Valladares, representative and coordinator of the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger and Malnutrition.
According to figures from the three years from 2015-2017 of the FAO Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4.4 per cent of the country’s population is malnourished. The results of the last School Census on Height and Weight from 2016 indicate that 34 per cent of school children between 6 and 12 years old from state and private educational centres suffer excess weight or obesity.
“In our minds it is clear that the subject of Food and Nutritional Security transcends specific sectors, so we have put ourselves the task of proposing and leading a participatory, multidisciplinary process based on consensus to subscribe, for the first time in Costa Rica, to a regulatory framework which will structure, articulate and coordinate actions within the public institutions as regards Food and Nutritional Security,” added Mario Castillo Méndez, representative of the President of the Permanent Commission of Agricultural and Natural Resources in Costa Rica and assistant Coordinator of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger and Malnutrition.
“At the FAO, we recognise the importance of developing the strategic plan and the role of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger and Malnutrition in combatting all forms of malnutrition, which requires coordinated actions from all actors within the food system,” stated Victor Milla, FAO Programme Officer in Costa Rica.
The strategic plan defines strategies for the sustainability of the FPHM in the medium and long term, as well as both coordinated action and dialogue, both internal to the Legislative Assembly and externally with the main national actors involved.
“Reconocemos la importancia de la elaboración del plan estratégico y el rol del FPHM para luchar contra todas las formas de malnutrición, que requieren de acciones conjuntas de todos(as) los actores del sistema alimentario”, Victor Milla, Oficial de Programas de @FAOCostaRica pic.twitter.com/1KGSHMq98r
— FAO Costa Rica (@FAOCostaRica) June 11, 2019