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Friday, 04 March 2016

Outcomes of the Parliamentary debate on Dutch efforts for global food security

On January 27, 2016, the Parliamentarian Committee on the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation gathered to discuss three policy letters from Minister Lilianne Ploumen on international food security and food wastage. A lively debate on the current Dutch policy on food security was held where the role of knowledge for impact was acknowledged. Exportation of Dutch knowledge to improve food security was pinpointed as an important action for the Minister by many parties. The Minister stated that the Dutch efforts to export knowledge are indeed a priority in the new governmental policy they are working on, and promised various additional efforts to improve Dutch impact on food security. Considering the letters were already a bit dated, the start of the debate focused on the current status and results of the policy actions presented in the letters. The November 2014 letter on the Dutch contribution to global food security was the main topic of the debate. In this letter, Minister Ploumen and the Minister of Agriculture proposed a framework for the Dutch government’s efforts to work on sustainable agriculture and food security together with all its partners in the coming years. The debate particularly concentrated on what members of Parliament felt was missing in the letter and Dutch policy. Examples included a lack of clear attention to land rights and land grabbing, consumption patterns (changing from animal protein to plant-based protein) and gender issues.

Source: Food & Business Knowledge Platform