The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), recognized Wednesday that Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Peru are the only countries in Latin America to have already achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to reducing poverty and malnutrition.
The first of the MDGs – to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger – involves reducing by half the number of people who suffer from malnutrition between the years 1990 and 2012. This was also the biggest challenge to emerge at the World Food Summit.
In addition to the three Latin American nations, several other countries around the world were also recognized by the FAO for reducing poverty and malnutrition: Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Georgia, Ghana, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said that “what has been achieved by these countries demonstrates that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to make rapid and lasting reductions in hunger.
”He said that another 20 countries have been able to meet the only the Millennium Development Goal related to reducing poverty: Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi, the Maldives, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.
Despite these achievements, da Silva said that there are still 870 million people suffering from malnutrition around the world, and millions more who suffer the consequences of deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.
The eight MDGs were established in the year 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit.
The goal regarding reducing hunger was agreed on at the World Food Summit in 1996 with the participation of 180 nations.
The 30 countries that have achieved the goal of significantly reducing poverty and malnutrition will be honored in a high-level ceremony at the FAO headquarters in Rome on June 16.
Source: YVKE Mundial/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the US/ June 13, 2013