About 72 out of 129 countries have achieved
the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the proportion of hungry
people by a 2015 deadline, or bringing it below the 5 per cent threshold were,
Sunday recognized at an International award ceremony, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Director-General José Graziano da Silva paid tribute to these achievements at
the ceremony which was held at the Organization's headquarters.
Bolivia, Costa Rica, Laos (Lao People's
Democratic Republic), Mozambique, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Suriname and
Uzbekistan received an award for having reached the MDG target. They joined
other countries who, NaijaAgroNet
gathered, were awarded for reaching the target in previous years.
Angola, China, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Mali and Myanmar were awarded for
having also achieved the more ambitious WFS.
"Since 1990, 216 million people have been freed from hunger," Graziano
He noted however that almost 800 million people still suffer from chronic
Graziano da Silva urged for a redoubling of
global efforts to combat chronic undernourishment.
"One out of nine people on the planet still do not have enough food to
conduct active, healthy and productive lives. It is not acceptable,"
adding that "If we all do our part, zero hunger can be achieved within our
lifetimes. Together we can make this vision a reality," he said.
The year 2015 marks the completion of the
monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goals which will be replaced
by the Sustainable Development Goals currently being negotiated by the
The Prime Minister of Gabon, Daniel Ona Ondo
and the Vice Premier of China, Wang Yang, NaijaAgroNet further learnt, received diplomas on behalf of
their countries at the ceremony that attracteddignitaries as President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Prime Minister
of Djiboutim, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia,
Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe.
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