Thirty-eight countries have complied ahead of time with hunger eradication targets set for 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.
Halving the percentage of the world’s hungry from 1990 to 2015 was a key objective of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and 20 countries had achieved that by 2012, FAO said in a statement.
These were: Algeria; Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Chile; Dominican Republic; Fiji; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Malawi; Maldives; Niger; Nigeria; Panama; Togo; Uruguay.
An additional 18 countries met the MDG as well as a more stringent target set by the 1996 World Food Summit to cut in half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-92 and 2010-12, the UN agency said.
It listed Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Djibouti, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Venezuela and Vietnam as having made the grade.
FAO said it would congratulate the countries at an official ceremony on Sunday at its Rome headquarters. The UN agency is holding a week-long conference – its highest governing body – during June 15-22.