Answer to Written Question: New financial and political commitments for nutrition for the 2021‑2027 period

(Source: European Parliament)

EN

E-001612/2021

Answer given by Ms Urpilainen

on behalf of the European Commission

(31.5.2021)

The Commission is aware that progress to reach the global nutrition and Zero Hunger targets remains a challenge, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU co‑sponsored the Global Network against Food Crises which recently reported a substantial increase of acute hunger across the 55 food crisis hotspots worldwide – from EUR 135 million in 2019 to EUR 155 million in 2020. Additional efforts and resources are needed to address this situation.

The Commission is committed to reducing this gap by allocating at least 20% of EU Official Development Assistance to human development, of which nutrition is an integral part. Between 2014 and 2020, EU nutrition commitments (not including EU Member States) amounted to EUR 4.3 billion (development instruments: EUR 2.8 billion; humanitarian instruments: EUR 1.5 billion). The EU achieved the EUR 3.5 billion commitment in 2019, one year ahead of schedule. This will be reported in the sixth annual Progress Report on the EU Action Plan expected to be published in the second half of 2021.

Programming for cooperation with EU partner countries is in full progress. The results of this exercise will influence EU commitments at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit at the end of 2021. In the meantime, the EU will continue to promote the importance of nutrition and food security worldwide, including by interacting with relevant partners and participating in the United Nations Food Systems Summit.

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