Cuba among the few countries that met UN hunger eradication goals

By Leandro | Radio Havana

Rome, June 12 (RHC-EFE). – Cuba is among 38 countries congratulated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their fulfillment ahead of schedule of the goals of the UN’s “Zero Hunger Challenge” program.

The “Zero Hunger Challenge” is a program launched in 2012 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, which proposes a series of objectives to be met by 2015 and include full access to adequate food, prevent stunted growth of children, ensuring a sustainable food system, achieve increased productivity and avoid wasting food.

Two years before the program’s end, the FAO lauded the ongoing efforts by countries against hunger and uses them as proof that the change in food is not only possible but can also be achieved quickly.

“These countries are leading the way toward a better future. They’re proof that with a strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions of hunger,” said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.

The 38 states congratulated by FAO completed the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG-1) and complied with World Food Summit (WFS) provisions to halve the number of undernourished people since 1996.

Among the countries that succeeded in achieving the program goals are Cuba, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama and Uruguay, Africans, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Togo and Asians Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives and Indonesia.

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