European Parliament seeks environmental protections in food security and nutrition alliance

European Parliament has called for environmental provisions to the NAFSN.
European Parliament has called for environmental provisions to the NAFSN. | File photo

A recent resolution vote conducted by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has stated that the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition’s (NAFSN) projects must include provisions and precautions for environmental protection to protect against land grabs. 

NAFSN is an E.U.-backed G8 initiative designed to improve agriculture and relieve poverty by partnering with Sub-Saharan African companies.

The MEPs have also reached out to the E.U. to urge it to address the transparency and governance issues, as well as to try a better approach in reaching developmental goals. MEPs are worried that some of the aspects of the NAFSN could infringe on the rights of farmers and the environment. This is where the E.U. must address difficulties, which include transparency and governance.

According to the MEPs, the most important issue is the support of family farmers and smallholders, as this would be an effective avenue to combating hunger in many African regions. They went on to say that the E.U. is, instead, giving the limited developmental funds to the New Alliance, which is in direct contrast to sustaining food production on a small scale and local food systems.

The MEPs are appealing on behalf of family farmers and smallholders to protect their land.

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