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Parliamentary questions
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28 May 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marlene Mortler (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)

Global hunger is on the rise. 820 million people were chronically hungry before the COVID-19 outbreak, whose impact now risks increasing poverty and food insecurity particularly among smallholder farmers and their families in developing countries. In this context, achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2, zero hunger) is moving further out of sight. Helping to prevent a new food security crisis due to COVID-19 will require meaningful investment and close coordination among all actors in food systems.

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) was set up to respond to crises like this. By working alongside its multilateral partners, it delivers critical investment, contributing to advance SDG 2 and Agenda 2030.

Ahead of GAFSP’s replenishment this summer, what are the Commission’s plans to support this initiative? How will the Commission harness the initiative to address the impact of COVID-19 on food systems, and accelerate progress on SDG 2?

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