ertharinExecutive Director, Ertharin Cousin, of the United Nations World Food Programme presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.

She sought to emphasise the good work that the APPG does in highlighting the importance of food and nutrition security amongst Parliamentarians and policy makers.

She also commended the latest anti-poverty agenda by NGOs (many of whom are supporters of the APPG) on their mass mobilisation around the upcoming G8 Presidency on ending hunger, the "IF Campaign".

She also took the opportunity to talk about the innovative "Purchase For Progress" Programme which has seen 300,000 tonnes of food purchased from smallholders, to ensure a sustainable food sourcing programme and one that has an impact all along the value chain.

The Executive Director highlighted that investing in biofortified and micronutrient enhanced crops will be one of the ways that smallholders can address the challenges posed by food and nutrition security.

The APPG are hoping to make a visit to the UN institutions in Rome in July, to learn more about the role that the three organisations play – WFP, FAO and IFAD.