Latin America Leads Hunger Reduction with 37 Million Still Suffering: UN
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September 17, 2014
|UN report: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014|
SANTIAGO - Latin American countries have made the biggest progress globally against hunger, but 37 million people in the region still suffer from food shortage, a UN senior official said here on Tuesday.
Raul Benitez, the regional representative of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), cited the agency's annual report as saying that "Latin America has made the greatest overall strides in increasing food security ... though problems persist."
"Political commitment is fundamental to eradicate hunger. Latin America and the Caribbean have set an example for the rest of the world," Benitez said.
Today, hunger affects 6.1 percent of the regional population compared with 68.5 million, 15.3 percent of its population in 1992, the report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World" said.
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FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets. A stock-taking of where we stand on reducing hunger and malnutrition shows that progress in hunger reduction at the global level and in many countries has continued but that substantial additional effort is needed in others.
Sustained political commitment at the highest level is a prerequisite for hunger eradication. It entails placing food security and nutrition at the top of the political agenda and creating an enabling environment for improving food security and nutrition. This year’s report examines the diverse experiences of seven countries, with a specific focus on the enabling environment for food security and nutrition that reflects commitment and capacities across four dimensions: policies, programmes and legal frameworks; mobilization of human and financial resources; coordination mechanisms and partnerships; and evidence-based decision-making.
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