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S. Sudan launches parliamentary alliance on food, nutrition security

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S.Sudan, Juba | Xinhua | South Sudan, in partnership with UN agencies, on Friday launched the parliamentary alliance for food security and nutrition to advance strategies on the right to adequate food and promotion of investments in food and nutrition security.

The platform will enable the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) to perform a critical role in ensuring legislation, resource allocation and oversight, all of which are essential for raising food security and nutrition as a national priority.

Jemma Nunu Kumba, the speaker of the TNLA, said the parliamentary alliance will empower lawmakers to address policy gaps and legislation focusing on the advancement of food security and nutrition, scaling up budgetary allocation and investments.

“Food security and good nutrition are part of South Sudan’s top priorities. Adequate food will spur economic growth, employment, and industrial base, and usher in a vibrant country,” Nunu said during the launch in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

The UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are supporting the parliamentary alliance to advocate for budgetary increment and investments in agriculture, food security and nutrition.

The UN agencies said the parliamentarians will be empowered on the importance of food security and nutrition.

The alliance’s launch came as South Sudan continues grappling with persistent food and nutrition insecurity stemming largely from a combination of multi-year climate shocks, conflict, and socioeconomic insecurity.

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