Procedure : 2016/2705(RSP)
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Document selected : O-000099/2016

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O-000099/2016 (B8-0717/2016)

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PV 03/10/2016 - 15
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Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2016
Question for oral answer O-000099/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Linda McAvan, on behalf of the Committee on Development

 Subject: Next steps towards attaining global goals and EU commitments on nutrition and food security in the world
 Answer in plenary 

Sustainable Development Goal 2 and its associated targets are aimed at ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030, notably by increasing the productivity of small-holders, achieving sustainable and climate resilient agriculture and food systems capable of feeding an expected global population of 8.5 billion people.

In 2012 the World Health Assembly endorsed a set of six global nutrition targets for 2025, including the target to achieve a 40 % reduction in the number of children under five who are stunted. Currently 159 million children are stunted (height is too low for age) and 50 million children are affected by wasting (low weight for height, often associated with acute starvation). Malnutrition causes diminished physical and cognitive capabilities and fuels the cycle of poverty. Nevertheless, the level of investment in nutrition remains inadequate. In 2014 interventions targeting the immediate causes of undernutrition received only 0.57 % of global ODA.

The Commission’s Nutrition Action Plan pledged to reduce stunting by 7 million children by 2025. However, out of a total pledge of EUR 3.5 billion, EUR 3.1 billion is dedicated to nutrition-sensitive interventions and only EUR 400 million to nutrition-specific ones. The progress report on the Nutrition Action Plan recognises that, besides stunting, other forms of malnutrition such as wasting are also of public health significance.

Several recently published case studies on food and nutrition security show that the development of social safety nets is a crucial element in enhancing the resilience of communities to food stress.

Given this context, the Committee on Development asks the Commission to answer the following questions:

1. How does the Commission plan to address other forms of undernutrition, e.g. wasting?

2. Is the Commission planning to increase its investment in nutrition-specific interventions, given the current huge funding gap?

3. What is the Commission doing to ensure that an international Nutrition for Growth pledging event takes place in the near future?

4. Will the Commission bring forward initiatives to support the development of social safety nets in developing countries?

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