Cuban Parliament approves Food Sovereignty Law | News

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The National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba approved the Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutritional Security Law on Saturday, during the fifth extraordinary session in the ninth legislature, held at the Convention Center in the national capital.

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The new law was presented by the Minister of Agriculture and deputy to the Assembly, Ydael Jesús Pérez Brito, while the president of the plenary Agrifood Commission presented the opinion concerning the proposal.

The minister stated that this new law has “a participatory, multidisciplinary and intersectoral approach, ordering the processes of production, transformation and marketing of food until its consumption.”

Pérez Brito pointed out that this law “also promotes the mobilization of local resources, organizes the actors of the food systems and strengthens municipal autonomy.”

The law is a pioneer in proposing strategies that reduce and prevent food losses, while regulating local food systems so that they are sustainable

The background of this legal proposal are the articles of the Constitution of the Republic related to access to “healthy and adequate food”.

In addition, it responds to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that proposes the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, as well as the guarantee of access to healthy food.

The Food Sovereignty Law, together with the Personal Data Law and the Natural Resources and Environment System Law make up the three laws approved during this extraordinary session.

The legislators recognized the importance of this law that responds to a premise of the Constitution approved in 2019 that raises the right of each individual to healthy nutrition, especially in the context of the country.

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