Gabonese Parliamentarians Learn About Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems


November 8, 2021, Libreville – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) are launching a capacity-building program on accountable funding in agriculture and meals programs for members of the Parliament of the Gabonese Republic. This initiative, carried out by the Gabonese Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutritional Security (APGSAN), goals to assist members enhance public insurance policies that deal with starvation and malnutrition in the nation. It is a part of a sequence of trainings organized by the FAO for Gabonese parliamentarians.

Parliamentarians play an essential function in guiding public investments, significantly in the agricultural sector, as they’re accountable for passing legal guidelines, approving authorities budgets, and overseeing authorities motion. Investing in agriculture is likely one of the only methods for ending poverty and starvation. However, expertise exhibits that not all investments are equally helpful, and some carry dangers for folks and the setting.

The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI Principles) is the world’s main coverage instrument for outlining the right way to obtain investments that generate long-term sustainable advantages. The instrument additionally outlines how agricultural investments ought to reply to growth challenges reminiscent of meals insecurity, local weather change, and gender inequality.

The coaching program will present Gabonese parliamentarians with the data they should optimize potential investments in the agricultural sector. Promoting transformative change on the nationwide stage to make sure accountable funding requires the correct authorized, institutional, and coverage frameworks, which parliamentarians may help facilitate. The coaching is predicated on the handbook “Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems: A Practical Handbook for Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Advisors,, which was developed by FAO and IISD with inputs from parliamentarians and parliamentary advisors from completely different nations. The information, which can be accessible in an interactive format, provides sensible instruments and concrete examples for parliamentarians to enhance the authorized and coverage setting selling accountable funding in agriculture.

Following the launch of the handbook in Africa in December 2020, parliamentarians from completely different nations requested technical assist to turn out to be extra acquainted with the instrument and start utilizing it to enhance and strengthen nationwide authorized and coverage frameworks. Gabon has been chosen, together with the Republic of Congo, to learn from such trainings, contemplating the priorities recognized by the 2 nationwide parliamentary alliances for meals and diet safety. The Gabonese Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutritional Security (APGSAN) was created in October 2019 with the assist of the FAO sub-regional workplace for Central Africa, and its workplace was opened on October 25.

For the French model of this press launch, go to the FAO web site.(Pour la model française de ce communiqué de presse, visitez le website de la FAO.)


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