THE Philippines was recently cited by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) as one of 13 countries that were outstanding in fighting hunger by meeting international targets ahead of deadline in mid-2015.
Also cited in an FAO report Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and Uruguay. All 13 were credited for making great strides in combating undernourishment and the early achievement of the MDG-1 (Millennium Development Goal) hunger target–to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015.
The Philippines also met the more stringent 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the absolute number of hungry people by 2015.
In Malacanang, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday said the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd remains determined to “intensify efforts to uplift the lives of Filipinos.”
“We are pleased that the Philippines has attained its MDG-1 goal in curbing hunger.
Through the exercise of political will, the Aquino administration has adopted a more pro-active approach of directly addressing the needs of families living in poverty so that hunger incidence may be reduced significantly,” he told The Manila Times.
“In partnership with the people, government is determined to intensify further it’s efforts to uplift the quality of life of the Filipino people,” Coloma said.
During a ceremony at FAO headquarters in Rome, Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to government representatives of the 13 countries.
Progress in eradicating worldwide hunger over the next ten years “is gaining momentum”, but much more needs to be done because 805 million people still suffer from chronic undernourishment, he said.
According to FAO estimates, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and the Philippines have now reached the MDG-1 hunger target.