Four Caribbean countries meet anti-hunger target

Four Caribbean countries meet anti-hunger target

Monday, June 17, 2013

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ROME, Italy (CMC) — Four Caribbean leaders were scheduled to be honoured yesterday at a high-level ceremony for meeting the international target on hunger eradication.

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FOA) identified the leaders of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, Guyana and the Dominican Republic for the role they have played in reaching the anti-hunger goals.

The FAO said the Caribbean countries are among 38 others that have already met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people.

"These countries are leading the way to a better future, they are proof that, with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

He urged all countries to "keep up the momentum, aiming for the complete eradication of hunger," in keeping with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Zero Hunger Challenge.

First proposed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil last June, the challenge aims for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition.

Its five objectives are to make sure that everyone in the world has access to enough nutritious food all year long; to end childhood stunting; to build sustainable food systems; to double the productivity and income of smallholder farmers, especially women; and to prevent food from being lost or wasted.

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