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FAO Country Awards: recognizing achievements in the fight against hunger

The number of countries honoured by FAO country awards is steadily growing as governments continue to fulfil their pledge to eradicate hunger globally. 2015 marked the beginning of a new era as 193 countries made an astounding pledge to end hunger by 2030 and committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals. FAO will concentrate its efforts on monitoring the progress made by countries in meeting targets related to SDG2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

In the past, FAO Country awards focused on achievements in meeting the targets set by Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1) and the 1996 World Food Summit.

By June 2015, 72 countries had achieved the hunger target set by the MDG1 – to reduce by 2015 at least by half the proportion of people in the country suffering from undernourishment.

Of these, 29 countries achieved the target set by the 1996 World Food Summit – to reduce by 2015 at least by half the number of people in the country suffering from undernourishment.

Our enhanced understanding of the root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition, together with the bold commitment made by governments at the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Summit, give us reason to believe that we can achieve our zero hunger goal and become the Zero Hunger Generation.

Country achievements 2015

Angola

The country has reached the MDG1 hunger target and was awarded a Diploma for this achievement in 2013. The latest estimates published in State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2015) show that Angola has reached also the more stringent goal set by the World Food Summit in 1996. In particular, Angola has reduced the Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU) from 63.5 percent in 1990-92, to 14.2 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the Number of Undernourished (NoU) reduced from 6.8 million to 3.2 million people.

China

The country has reached the MDG1 hunger target and was awarded a Diploma for this achievement in 2014. According to the latest estimates in SOFI 2015, China has also reached the more stringent goal set by the World Food Summit in 1996. In particular, China has reduced the PoU from 23.9% in 1990-92, to 9.3 % in 2014-16. During this period, the NoU went down from 289 million to 133.8 million people.

Dominican Republic

The country has reached the MDG1 hunger target and was awarded a Diploma for this achievement in 2013. SOFI 2015 estimates show that the Dominican Republic has reached also the more stringent goal set by the World Food Summit in 1996. In particular, the Dominican Republic has reduced the PoU from 34.3% in 1990-92, to 12.3 % in the 2014-16 projection. During the same period, the NoU has reduced from 2.5 million to 1.3 million people.

Laos

According to SOFI 2015, Laos has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU has decreased from 42.8 percent in 1990-92 to 18.5 percent to 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 1.9 million to 1.3 million people. 

Mozambique

According to SOFI 2015, Mozambique has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU in the country has decreased from 56.1 percent in 1990-92 to 25.3 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 7.8 million to 6.9 million people. 

Nepal

According to SOFI 2015, Nepal has reached the MDG1 target hunger. The PoU in the country has decreased from 22.8 percent in 1990-92 to 7.8 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 4.2 million to 2.2 million people. 

Suriname

According to SOFI 2015, Suriname has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU decreased from 15.5 percent in 1990-92 to 8 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 64 to 44 thousand people. 

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Based on the estimates published in the SOFI 2015, the Plurinational State of Bolivia has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU has decreased from 38 percent in 1990-92 to 15.9 percent in 2014-16. During this period, the NoU people decreased from 2.6 million to 1.8 million. 

Costa Rica

According to SOFI 2015 estimates, Costa Rica has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU has decreased from 5.2 percent in 1990-92 to 4.99 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has increased from 0.16 million to 0.25 million people. 

Gabon

The country has reached the MDG1 hunger target and was awarded a Diploma for this achievement in 2014. The latest estimates in SOFI 2015 show that Gabon has reached also the more stringent goal set by the World Food Summit in 1996. The PoU has decreased from 11.7% in 1990-92, to 3.1% in the 2014-16 projection. In the same period, the NoU has decreased from 0.11 million to 0.05 million. 

Mali

According to the most recent SOFI 2015 estimates, the country has reached both the MDG1 hunger target and the more stringent World Food Summit goal. The NoU  has decreased from 1.4 million people in 1990-92, to 0.7 million people in 2014-16. During the same period, the PoU has decreased from 16.7% to 4.1%. 

Myanmar

Based on the most recent estimates in SOFI 2015, the PoU in Myanmar has decreased from 62.6% in 1990-92, to 14.2% in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU people has decreased from 26.8 million, to 7.7 million. This indicates that the country has reached both the MDG 1 hunger target and the more stringent goal set in 1996 by the World Food Summit.  

Solomon Islands

According to SOFI 2015, the Solomon Islands have reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU in the country has decreased from 24.8 percent in 1990-92 to 11.3 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 80 thousand to 70 thousand people. 

Uzbekistan

Based on the SOFI 2015 estimates, Uzbekistan has reached the MDG1 hunger target. The PoU in the country has steadily decreased since 2002-04, reaching 8 percent in 2014-16. During the same period, the NoU has decreased from 4.5 million to 1.3 million people.