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04/12/2017

FAO, IFAD and WFP join efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean

The three Rome-based UN agencies will strengthen their commitment to move towards the Sustainable Development Goals, with an initial focus on Haiti, Guatemala and Colombia.

Farmer in Haiti

The three United Nations Rome-based agencies - WFP, FAO and IFAD - are announcing a new alliance that will unite their efforts to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty, boost rural development and move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This new alliance responds to the critical moment that Latin America and the Caribbean is going through. According to the latest report published by FAO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), hunger has increased in the region for the first time in more than two decades.

At the same time, the economic lag of the rural areas of the region is alarming: rural poverty is 20 percentage points higher than urban poverty, while extreme poverty is 22 percentage points higher than its urban counterpart.

On the other hand, rural societies face the effects of climate change, which are expressed, among other ways, in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters such as the hurricanes that hit the Caribbean this season, with enormous social and economic costs.

“We have to take these signs as an urgent wake-up call. We must do more and have greater impact. Now is the time to join all efforts and unite under one banner,” said FAO’s Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Julio Berdegué, who stressed that the missions of the three agencies complement each other naturally.

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