Source: Agencia Venezolana de Noticias
May 28 2015
There are currently 795 million hungry people in the world, according to figures from the latest report released Wednesday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP), which also shows that only 29 countries, among which is Venezuela, have met the target of halving the number of undernourished people for this 2015.
Although the percentage has fallen since 1992, 216 million fewer hungry people worldwide, according to latest edition of FAO’s annual hunger report, only “72 countries have achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of chronically undernourished people.”
The report states that a group of 29 countries have met the goal laid out at the World Food Summit, held in 1996, which was to halve the number of undernourished people in each country before 2015, as Venezuela managed to do it.
FAO recognized Venezuela
In June 2013, in Rome, Italy, FAO recognized Venezuela for being, according to estimates by the organization, in the group of 15 countries (including Cuba, Nicaragua, Guyana, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil) that have made exceptional progress by reducing undernourishment from 13.5% in the period 1990-1992, to less than 5%, during the period 2010-2012.
June 2013: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, poses with FAO director Jose Graziano da Silva. The FAO, awarded Venezuela a special certificate for reducing hunger by half
In 2014, Food Mission also received recognition for being a social program that distributes food at fair prices in the 22,000 stores of the national public network.
The government has reiterated that it will continue to work to address the economic war in the country and ensure supply to all Venezuelans.
Venezuela to be recognized again next July
On May 16 the representative of FAO, Marcelo Resende, confirmed the progress that has taken the country’s food security and sovereignty, which is why President Nicolas Maduro will receive next July, in Rome another recognition for the Venezuelan progress in reducing hunger.
Source: Venezuela among 29 countries worldwide that has dramatically reduced hunger Agencia Venezolana de Noticias