Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative

The VIII Meeting of the Working Group of the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative (HFLACI) 2025 was held in Mexico City, Mexico, on July 30 and 31, 2014. This is the annual event for the HFLACI follow up, which brings together all countries in the region, regional integration bodies, cooperation agencies and other actors such as parliamentarians and civil society representatives. 

The HFLACI is a political commitment made by all countries in the region. Consequently, its evolution closely reflects the development of the regional political agenda and the increasing priority being given to food and nutrition security in different forums and among multiple supranational and national actors, as well as the resulting impacts at the country level. 

The purpose of this meeting was to take a moment to share and reflect on how the region is moving towards the goal of food and nutrition security, as well to identify the pending challenges. The countries have a wide array of experiences regarding political commitment, institutional development and public policy, thus offering a rich source of knowledge exchange. Country experience, coupled with capacity building, are key to respond to current demands through different forms of cooperation, including between countries and with the support of cooperation and development agencies.


Concept note, agenda and final declaration

Topics for discussion:

CELAC Plan of Action 2014 for food security and nutrition, and hunger eradication

Public policies to address malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean: exchange of national experiences

Post 2015 Agenda and Food and Nutrition Security

International Year of Family Farming

Progress of South-South Cooperation initiatives in the fight against hunger and malnutrition: revitalize agreements towards their implementation

Food Security observatories


Secretariat of the Initiative

  • Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative: progress and follow up to agreements . Ricardo Rapallo, HFLACI Technical Secretariat (FAO) [ view presentation ]

Open remarks

Keynote Speechs

Panel 1. Public policies to address malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean: exchange of national experiences

  • Introductory presentation: Report on “A Comprehensive Look at Public Policies on Family Farming, Food Security, Nutrition, and Public Health in the Americas: Linking United Nations Work Agendas”, by PAHO/FAO/ECLAC for the International Conference on Nutrition 2 (ICN2). Dr. Enrique Jacoby, Regional Advisor for the Panamerican Health Organization [ view presentation ]
  • Guyana. Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Minister of Agriculture [ view presentation ]
  • Cuba. M. de la Luz B’Hamel, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment [ view presentation ]

Panel 2. Post 2015 Development Agenda and Food and Nutrition Security

  • Introductory presentation: Position paper on Post 2015 Agenda, by FAO, WPF and IFAD. Miguel Barreto, Regional Director for the World Food Programme (WFP) for Latin America and the Caribbean Raúl Benítez, FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean [ view presentation ]
  • Spain. Ana Regina, Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency [ view presentation ]
  • Guatemala. Stephanie Hochstetter, Ambassador to the United Nations in Rome
  • Jamaica. Sandra Grant Griffiths, Ambassador of Jamaica in Mexico [ view presentation ]
  • Parliamentary Front Against Hunger. MP Guadalupe Valdez, Regional Coordinator PFH [ view presentation ]

Cultural event: Agrobiodiversity, native food and culinary culture

  • Agrobiodiversity, native food and culinary culture. Chef Matías Palomo [ view presentation ]
  • Slow Food. Alfonso Rocha Robles, Slow Food International Advisor for Mexico and Central America [ view presentation ]
  • The Peru experiences. Mariano Valderrama, Vice Presidente Ejecutivo de la Sociedad Peruana de Gastronomía (APEGA) [ view presentation ]
  • The Dominican Republic experiences. Chef Inés Páez [ view presentation ]

Panel 3. CELAC Plan of Action for food and nutrition security and hunger eradication

  • CELAC Project for a Food and Nutrition Security and Hunger Eradication Plan, as requested to the FAO José Joaquín Salazar Rojas, Viceminister of Agriculture and Livestock [ view presentation ]
  • Ecuador (Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC 2015). Jamil Ramón, Viceminister of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries [ view presentation ]

International Year of Family Farming: national experiences

  • México . Miguel Ángel Martínez, Director General of Territorial Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food [ view presentation ]
  • El Salvador. Juan Barrera, Chief Advisor of the Viceminister of Agriculture and Livestock [ view presentation ]
  • Uruguay. Lauro Meléndez, Viceminister of Social Development [ view presentation ]

Initiatives in south-south cooperation against hunger and malnutrition: making them happen

  • Brasil: 10 years of south-south cooperation to combat hunger in Latin America and Africa. Claudia de Borba Maciel, Chief of the International Office at the Social Development Ministry [ view presentation ]
  • Argentina: Programa de autoproducción de alimentos frescos Pro Huerta en Haití. Agustín Barcos, Dirección General de Cooperación Internacional, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto [ view presentation ]
  • México: Mesoamérica sin Hambre. Alfredo Mayén, Deputy General Director of Liaison for the Mesoamerica without Hunger Project in AMEXCID [ view presentation ]
  • UNASUR: Coordination of the Theme Group on Food Security and Fight Against Hunger, of the South American Council for Social Development . Manuel Vásquez, Technical Group for Food Security [ view presentation ]

Observatories for Food Security

  • SICA: Regional Observatory for Food and Nutrition Security. Patricia Palma, Director of PRESANCA [ view presentation ]
  • Colombia: National observatory for food security. Claudia Moreno, Ministry of Health [ view presentation ]
  • Observatory for the Right to Food in Latin America and the Caribbean. Victoria Fernández, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, México [ view presentation ]
  • Food and Nutrition Security Plataform. FAO [ view video ]

Closing remarks

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2025 Working Group (GT2025)

The 2025 Working Group (GT2025) is a mechanism set up by the countries of the region to carry out a regular follow-up of the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative (HFLACI) as well as of the HFLACI Support Project. This working group maintains the flow of information between countries, and introduces relevant topics related to food and nutrition security in the region that need to be discussed and examined in depth (more information).

Mapa de ubicación del evento
  • Hilton Mexico City Reforma
    Av. Juárez #70. Colonia Centro, México, Distrito Federal, 06010, México