Thirteen countries move closer to eradicating hunger

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A Liberian boy offers thanksgiving prayer before starting to eat his meal at the refugee camp in Buduburam, Ghana. (file photo) UN Photo/John Isaac

Thirteen countries have been recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their outstanding progress in fighting hunger.

Their achievement includes reaching international targets ahead of the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

The countries that have made great strides in combating undernourishment are Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay.

During a ceremony at FAO headquarters, the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to government representatives of the 13 countries.

Much progress has been made in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in North Africa. But a lot remains to be done in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and other parts of the Near East.  (13″)

Mr Graziano da Silva added that in Sub-Saharan Africa, one in every four persons still suffer from chronic hunger.

To date, 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target of eradicating hunger, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’16″

 

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