8 to 10 March 2020 in Djibouti. In their 3rd Annual General Assembly, members of the Eastern Africa Parliamentarian Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (EAPA – FSN), underlined that now was the critical time to enact and enforce laws on food security and nutrition. They noted ensuring the allocation of an adequate share of national budgets for agricultural development and food security programmes is a priority.
Member of Parliaments (MPs) from eastern African nations established the Eastern Africa Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (EAPA – FSN) in April 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania. It comprises of MPs from 11 countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the IGAD Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) are also member of the Alliance. The Alliance is a subregional platform that promotes cross border sharing of experience and best practices for more advocacy work.
FAO supported the organisation of their three Annual General Assemblies held in April 2019, October 2019 and March 2020 to fast track the operationalisation of the Alliance, through the endorsement of the work plan and road map, which focus on the means by which food insecurity and malnutrition in the subregion can be significantly reduced.