President Nicolás Maduro received a recognition from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Sunday recognizing Venezuela for being among 15 countries that achieved exceptional progress on reducing malnutrition.
During the 38th conference of the FAO in Rome, Director General José Graziano da Silva, highlighted the political commitment of these nations that enabled them to achieve tangible results.
“To each and every one of you I should say you are living example of the fact that when societies commit to an end, where there is a political commitment on the part of governments, that will can be transformed in concrete actions and tangible results. Thank you for showing us that what you have done is possible," he said.
According to recent estimations by the FAO, Venezuela is among the countries that have reduced by half the prevalence of malnutrition, which fell from 13.5% in 1990-1992 to 5% in 2010-2012. This means that it achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of lowering hunger. The other Latin American and Caribbean countries to have achieved this goal are Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guyana, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Uruguay.
Venezuela also achieved the goal established at the World Food Summit of reducing by half the absolute number of people experiencing malnutrition.
139 countries around the world have committed to MDG's, which aim to eradicate hunger and poverty between 1990 and 2015. Only 38 have so far achieved the goal of reducing hunger by half, and Venezuela is among the countries that made extraordinary progress in this area.
Graziano da Silva said that there are eight more countries that are making good progress toward the first goal of reducing hunger: the Bahamas, China, Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
AVN/ Press - Venezuelan Embassy to the US/ June 17, 2013