Under Belize’s current Co-Presidency Pro Tempore of the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project, a national meeting of the Parliamentary Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was held today, February 13th, in Belmopan.

Speaker of the House of Representative Honourable Laura Tucker-Longsworth and President of the Senate Honourable Darrell Bradley chaired the meeting.

During the meeting, participants from various government ministries and international organizations received a report on our national efforts of the Mesoamerica Hunger Free Program being implemented in the villages of San Antonio, Santa Cruz, Santa Elena and Pueblo Viejo in the Toledo District. Among the recommendations emanating from the meeting was a call for greater public-private partnership to contribute to the sustainability of the program and with the aim of extending it to other districts in the country.

The Mesoamerica Hunger Free Program was designed to support goal number two, Zero Hunger, of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also supports and reinforces actions on school feeding, family farming, food and nutritional security, strengthening of governance capacities, and communication strategy, among others.

The Mesoamerica Hunger Free Program is a FAO led initiative with the assistance of the Mexican International Cooperation Agency for Development (AMEXCID) and the Government of Belize.