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Despite lauded progress, some 1.6M Dominicans still go hungry

Santo Domingo. – Despite the country’s progress, recognized even by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 1.6 million Dominicans still go hungry or are malnourished.

FAO local representative Gero Vaagt said the Dominican Republic managed to reduce hunger to 15.4%, which he calls a considerable reduction.

He said the country reached the milestone even before the date stated in the UN’s Millennium Development Goal. “With this 15.4%, the Dominican Republic is among the group of 22 countries being evaluated in Latin America, being ranked in 13th or 14th place.”

Vaagt said poverty levels were 34% in 1990 and by lowering it to 15.5% now, the country meets the set goal.

He called on the country to continue that effort in agro production, together with special programs to strengthen food security, to reduce poverty even more.

Vice president Margarita Cedeño recently traveled to FAO headquarters in Rome to receive its recognition of the country for achieving that goal.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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