Rome.- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today congratulated 38, mostly African and American countries, for having achieved two years in advance, the target of the "Zero Hunger Challenge," but warned that hunger is still endemic in many countries.
The "Zero Hunger Challenge" is a program launched in 2012 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, which proposes a series of objectives to be met by 2015 and include full access to adequate food, prevent stunted growth of children, ensuring a sustainable food system, achieve increased productivity and avoid wasting food.
Two years before the program’s end, the FAO lauded the ongoing efforts by countries against hunger and uses them as proof that the change in food is not only possible but can also be achieved quickly.
"These countries are leading the way toward a better future. They're proof that with a strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions of hunger," said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva.
The 38 states congratulated by FAO completed the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG-1) and complied with World Food Summit (WFS) provisions to halve the number of undernourished people since 1996.
The countries that succeeded in achieving MDG-1 were Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama and Uruguay, Africans, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria and Togo and Asians Cambodia, Fiji, Maldives and Indonesia.
Graziano urged all countries to maintain the momentum, aimed at the total eradication of hunger, according to the Zero Hunger Challenge.