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Governments in Latam, Caribbean agree to eradicate hunger

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Staff writer ▼ | May 10, 2014
Brazil street marketCountries of Latin America and the Caribbean have advanced an agenda aimed at achieving the eradication of hunger in the region during a major FAO meeting in Santiago, Chile.

All countries of the region have reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate hunger by 2025 via the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, as well as pledged to strengthen actions to eliminate malnutrition.

"What we have seen in this Conference is a huge regional commitment to progress on food security by governments, civil society and the private sector, which has been turned into a concrete agenda of actions to eradicate hunger", said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

FAO and the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development, AMEXCID, signed a "Mesoamerica without Hunger" South-South cooperation agreement, with the aim of moving towards the eradication of malnutrition in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, with a $ 15 million dollar budget.

The Government of Venezuela and FAO signed an agreement to promote sustainable rice production systems in sub-Saharan Africa, which will support ten countries to strengthen their food security through more efficient rice production, with a strong emphasis on small producers.

During the Conference, FAO and the Brazilian-Paraguayan binational entity ITAIPU signed an agreement to promote South-South triangular cooperation activities on public policies relating to food security, energy and water, encouraging their ties to the sustainable production of goods and services and the promotion of value chains and productive linkages for family farmers.

The region's governments also approved three regional initiatives as the fundamental guidelines for FAO's regional work program for the next two years: The first involves supporting the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean 2025 Initiative; the second focuses on family farming and territorial development in rural areas; and the third seeks to improve food and agricultural systems at the national and regional level.

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