The global fight against hunger has advanced after 38 countries have already met internationally-established anti-hunger targets for 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said in a statement Wednesday.
Twenty countries around the world, including Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Malawi, Maldives, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Togo and Uruguay, have achieved the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) – to halve the proportion of hungry people.
Additional 18 countries, among which Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Georgia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam, have achieved both MDG1 and the more stringent World Food Summit goal – to reduce by half the absolute number of undernourished people.
The progress was measured between 1990-92 and 2010-2012 against benchmarks established by the international community at the UN General Assembly in 2000 and at the World Food Summit in 1996.
“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,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
He also urged all countries to keep up the momentum and aim for the complete eradication of hunger. Even though globally hunger has declined over the past decade, 870 million people are still undernourished and millions of others suffer the consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including child stunting.
A recent research done by FAO shows that the vast majority of the 870 million hungry live in developing countries, comprising around 15% of their population.