Africa: debate on New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition project rules
Projects under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN), an EU-backed G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty by engaging with private partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, will need to include environment protection measures and safeguards against land grabbing, say MEPs in a draft resolution to be debated on Monday and voted on Tuesday. They are also likely call on the EU to address transparency and governance issues, so as to target development goals better.
Launched in 2012, the NAFSN aims to boost financial support from donor countries and help big companies invest in African farming. In return, the ten participating Sub-Saharan African states are expected to change their laws on land, seeds and foreign investments. With one person in four undernourished, Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of hunger. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths for children under five. Family farmers and smallholders produce about 80% of the world’s food and provide over 60% of employment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Debate: Monday, 6 June
Vote: Tuesday, 7 June