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FAO Recognizes Great Strides in Latin American to End Hunger

Santiago de Chile, October 17 (RHC) -- Latin America has made the most significant progress in the world towards eradicating hunger in the past 20 years, an official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday.

Marking World Food Day, FAO regional representative Raul Benitez said that the number of malnourished people in the region had decreased by three million from 2008 to 2010, leaving a total of 47 million, adding that such achievement shows that zero hunger is a feasible goal.

He called on governments in the region to continue expanding programs, policies and strategies concerning food security to ensure that today's Latin Americans will be the last generation to live with the problem of hunger.

As part of World Food Day, the FAO also launched a campaign to fight obesity and unhealthy weight gain, since these problems affect 23 percent of adults and seven percent of pre-school age children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the FAO, average food availability per person has increased 40 percent in the last 50 years, despite the fact that the world's population has tripled. Nevertheless, 842 million people still face hunger each day, while 1.5 billion people are obese or overweight.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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