A delegation from the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) led by Ms Anne-Ross Suze Percy Filippini paid a Courtesy Call on the First Deputy Speaker Honourable Malungo A Chisangano, MP of the National Assembly of Zambia on Monday 17th October 2022 at Parliament Buildings.

The First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Honourable Malungo A Chisangano, MP has stated the National Assembly of Zambia will continue to play a key role in ensuring there is food security and nutrition in the country through its Constitutional functions of law making, oversight, representation and budget approval. She further stated that under the law-making function, the National Assembly enacted the Food and Nutrition Act No.3 of 2020 which provides for the implementation of a national food and nutrition programme. The Act also establishes the National Food and Nutrition Commission.

Honourable Chisangano also mentioned that she is aware that the National Assembly of Zambia has been interfacing with FAO through the Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Natural Resources. Through this cooperation, Members of Parliament participated in the Virtual Parliamentary Dialogue on Food Security and Nutrition in times of COVID-19, in April, 2021, and are expected to participate in the preparatory activities towards the II Global Parliamentary Summit Against Hunger and Malnutrition scheduled for 27th October and 30th November, 2022, respectively. These engagements are key in enhancing the capacity of Members on food security and nutrition.

The First Deputy Speaker appreciated the visit by the Food Agriculture Organization and pledged to assist Members of Parliament in achieving the capacity on food security and nutrition.

Ms Anne-Ross Suze Percy Filippini informed the Honourable Madam First Deputy Speaker that it is the mandate of FAO to support Government efforts towards ending hunger and ensuring access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round and ending all forms of malnutrition. She expressed her appreciation for the collaboration with National Assembly through the Parliamentary Alliance. She was also grateful that the National Assembly of Zambia invited FAO to an exhibition during the Parliament Research Week held in September, 2022.

Ms Filippini stated that through their legislative, budgetary and oversight responsibilities, parliaments are uniquely positioned to strengthen initiatives to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on food systems, and to ensure food security and nutrition. Therefore, FAO has supported the establishment of Parliamentary Alliances on Food Security and Nutrition in different regions, including the Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance to steer and ensure that policies on food and nutrition are developed and implemented at national and sub national level. Ms Filippini also stated that following the establishment of the alliance, training for the Members of Parliament on responsible investment in agriculture is planned to take place in November, 2022 and will be followed by a stakeholder engagement on the subject.

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