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LAC governments adopt solid measures to eradicate hunger at the FAO Regional Conference

The 33 countries of the region reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate hunger by the year 2025, through the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative

Santiago de Chile, May 9, 2014 - Latin America and the Caribbean has advanced a robust agenda to achieve the eradication of hunger, concluded the government representatives of the region during the closure of the FAO Regional Conference, in Santiago, Chile.

At the Conference, all thirty-three countries reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate hunger by 2025, through the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative, and pledged to strengthen their actions to eliminate malnutrition.

“What we have seen in this Conference is a huge regional commitment with food security at the level of 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.

The priority that governments are giving to the fight against hunger was demonstrated by the outstanding participation of the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, the Vice-President for Social Matters of Venezuela, Hector Rodriguez, the First Lady of Peru, Nadine Heredia, and 19 State ministers and 12 deputy-ministers, who agreed to implement various international cooperation initiatives.

The Minister of Agriculture of Chile and President of the Regional Conference, Carlos Furche, expressed his satisfaction with the results of the meeting, highlighting the cooperation agreements between countries to overcome hunger and promote the sustainable development of agriculture.

The Minister noted that the countries of the region congratulated FAO on its work in support of the national and regional efforts to achieve food security.

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

FAO and Venezuela will support sustainable rice production in Africa
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.

FAO and the ITAIPU Binacional company will promote South-South cooperation
During the Conference, FAO and the Brazilian company 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.

Governments approved FAO’s work plan

The governments approved three regional initiatives as the fundamental guidelines for FAO’s regional work program for the next two years.

The first is the support of 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.