WG on Food Security and combating hunger

EuroLat: Working Group on Food Security Meeting in Madrid © European Parliament (2023)

Working Group on food security and combating hunger

Co-Chairman López addressed the reconsideration of the proposal regarding the creation of an Eurolat Assembly Working Group on food security and combating hunger. This proposal was previously presented and discussed at the meeting of the Eurolat Executive Bureau on 21 September 2020.

In this sense, the Co-Chairman once again proposed to the Bureau the creation of said Working Group, whose mandate could include:
  • promoting a common Euro-Latin American agenda on food security and the fight against hunger
  • fostering inter-parliamentary cooperation in this area, including cooperation modalities with the FAO, as well as
  • drawing up a Recommendation on food security and combating hunger to be discussed and voted by the Plenary of the Assembly.
Regarding its composition, the Co-Chairman proposed that the Working Group includes eight members for each component of the Assembly.

In this way, the vital importance of the fight against hunger and the special relevance of this new working group are highlighted, particularly in light of the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to promote post recovery from the pandemic. Additionally, the importance of collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is highlighted.

On 6 May 2021, the Bureau made the decision to create a Working group on food security and combating hunger. This new group will have 8 Members for each component, and will be constituted for an initial period of one year, which is renewable.

Since the beginning of the global economic crisis, the issue of food security has become an increasingly frequent issue on government agendas and international organizations. Recently, we have once again entered a food crisis due to climate change and its effects, mainly drought, with consequences such as food shortages. Currently, the post-Covid-19 scenario and the Russian invasion of Ukraine show once again the deep global connectivity of markets and peoples and, more specifically, the vulnerabilities of the food system at a global level and with special risk for third world countries.