Porto Alegre councilor Laura Sito (PT) took over, this Tuesday (28), as the representative of Brazil in the Parliamentary Front against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean of FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization. The parliamentarian joins representatives from more than 20 countries in the region, who are developing a joint agenda with a commitment to achieving the objectives of the “Latin America and the Caribbean Without Hunger 2025 Initiative”.
“A recognition of the work we have done in Porto Alegre”, says Laura Sito, who chairs the Parliamentary Front in Defense of Food and Nutrition Security of the City Council, launched in September 2021. In addition to the legislative initiatives of the front, she also highlights the Parliamentary Front in Defense of Labor and Income, where he prepared the project for the Municipal Food Acquisition Program, now in the regulatory phase for execution, and his project in progress on urban and peri-urban food and the creation of a food security fund and nutritional.
The councilor also highlights direct actions of her mandate. “We structured a network of 13 community kitchens, which distribute more than 10,000 monthly meals in Porto Alegre”, she says. According to her, these are parliamentary initiatives that aim and can strengthen the fight against hunger, in the midst of a difficult moment the population is going through.
“Here in Rio Grande do Sul, we had a 345% increase in the number of people on the waiting list for Auxílio Brasil, between January and April of this year alone. We have almost 100,000 people in line here in the state. In Brazil there are almost 2.7 million people. That is why public sector actions are essential to restructure policies to combat hunger”, says Laura Sito.
As he points out, the country is going through a difficult period of abandoning the fight against food insecurity. “The federal government, in the last two weeks, ended up zeroing the budget of the main food acquisition program from family farming in the country, which is Alimenta Brasil, which was aimed at buying agricultural production from these families and donating it to people in need. food insecurity, as was the old Fome Zero. Today this project no longer has a budget. That’s why our initiatives are so important.”
When reflecting on which public policies should be strengthened, he recalls the National Supply Company (Conab), which allows the State to act as price controller and also benefits family farming, which is responsible for bringing food to the table of Brazilians. “We need to retake public stocks of food grains, which is what helps to control inflation, allows for domestic supply, which unfortunately today, as these public stocks of food have been emptied, reduces the ability of the Brazilian State to control and hold prices”, he concludes.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira