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Latin America Outperforms Rest of World in Hunger Reduction

Santiago de Chile, December 4 (RHC) -- Latin America has made more progress in reducing hunger than any other region in the world, the regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

FAO's regional representative, Raul Benitez, said "Latin America and the Caribbean region has halved the percentage of people suffering from hunger in the past 20 years, and is a step away from reaching the millennium goal".

Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have already eradicated hunger, the FAO report said.

Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic have already reached the first Millennium Development Goal by cutting in half the number of people suffering from hunger, two years ahead of the 2015 deadline, it said.

However, hunger and malnutrition still affects 47 million people in the region. Haiti, Guatemala, Paraguay, Nicaragua and Bolivia are the worst-affected, according to FAO.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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