Seventy-two countries achieve the MDG target to halve proportion of hungry people
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7 June 2015, Rome--- An international awards ceremony today recognized the great effort made by countries around the world which has led to the near achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve the proportion of hungry people by a 2015 deadline, or bringing it below the 5 percent threshold. A majority – 72 out of 129 – of the countries monitored by FAO have achieved the MDG target. Out of the total 72 countries, 29 have also met the more stringent goal to halve the number of hungry people as laid out by governments when they met in Rome at the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996. And another 12 of the total 72 countries have maintained their hunger rates below 5 percent dating back to at least 1990.

Statement by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
6min. 39sec.

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director.
9min. 11sec.

Statement by H.E. Ibrahim Boubacar Keїta, President of the Republic of Mali (in French).
15min. 24sec.

Statements by Heads of governments: (00:00) Daniel Ona Ondo, Prime Minister, Gabon; (07:39) Wang Yang, Vice-Premier, China; (13:17) Habib Essid, Prime Minister, Tunisia; (20:01) Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister, Ethiopia; (28:10) Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; (38:20) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji; (42:52) Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister, Niger; (53:13) Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister, Djibouti.
60min. 58sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food production & stocks, Food Security, Hunger & food insecurity, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11201