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Recognizing outstanding progress in fighting hunger - Awarding MDG-1 and WFS country achievements

In 2013, FAO recognized 38 countries for reducing by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015, in keeping with a target set by the first Millennium Development Goal. 18 of these countries were awarded for reaching both MDG 1 and the more stringent goal set by the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), that is of reducing by half the absolute number of undernourished people.

In 2014, the list of country achievements is growing, as governments continue to fulfill their pledge to eradicate hunger globally. On 16 June, FAO recognized China and Morocco for having met the MDG-1 hunger target and Chile for having met the more ambitious World Food Summit goal. Chile was already among the 20 countries who received the MDG-1 award in 2013.

On 30 November 2014 FAO recognizes the following countries for reaching the MDG-1 target: Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and the Philippines.

Brazil, Cameroon and Uruguay are being honoured for meeting the World Food Summit goal.

Brazil

Brazil reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 14.8 % in 1990-92, to 1.7 % in 2012-14. In the same period, the number of undernourished  people has decreased from 22.5 million in 1990-92 to 3.4 million in 2012-14, thus meeting the WFS Goal. Brazil received the MDG-1 award in 2013.

Ethiopia

The prevalence of undernourishment in Ethiopia has decreased from 74.8% in 1990-92, to 35% in 2012-14. Over the same period, the number of undernourished people has decreased from 37.2 million to 32.9 million, thus reaching the MDG-1 target.

Gambia

Gambia reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 13.3% in 1990-92, to 6% in 2012-14 thus achieving the MDG-1 target.

 

Kiribati

The prevalence of undernourishment in Kiribati has decreased from 7.5% in 1990-92, to 3.5% in 2012-14. Over the same period, the number of undernourished has reduced from 5400 to 3600, thus reaching the MDG-1 target. 

Mauritania

Mauritania has reached the MDG1 hunger target for having reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 14.6% in 1990-92, to 6.5% in 2012-14. In the same period, the number of undernourished has decreased from 0.3 million to 0.25 million. 

Mexico

Mexico receives the MDG-1 Award for having reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from  6.9% in 1990-92 to 4.6% in 2012-14.

 

Uruguay

While Uruguay was awarded in 2013 for meeting the MDG-1 target, figures indicate that the country has now reached the more stringent World Food Summit goal. The prevalence of undernourishment has decreased from 8.5% in 1990-92, to 3.5% in 2012-14 and over the same period, the number of undernourished  has decreased from 0.27 million to 0.12 million.

Cameroon

Cameroon has also reached the more stringent WFS target, having reduced the number of undernourished people by more than 50 percent, from 4.7 to 2.3 million. Cameroon received the MDG-1 award in 2013.

 

Gabon

The latest estimates of the prevalence of undernourishment suggest that Gabon has reached the MDG1 hunger target with a decrease from 11.4% in 1990-92, to 3.7% in 2012-14. In the same period, the number of undernourished has decreased from 0.11 million to 0.06 million.

Islamic Republic of Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has reached the MDG1 hunger target by reducing the prevalence of undernourishment from 5.1% in 1990-92, to 4.6% in 2012-14.

Malaysia

Malaysia qualifies for the MDG-1 Award, having reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 5.1% in 1990-92 to 3.4% in 2012-14.

 

Mauritius

The prevalence of undernourishment in Mauritius has decreased from 8.1% in 1990-92, to 4.98% in 2012-14. Over the same period, the number of undernourished has decreased from 87000 to 62000 making Mauritius a candidate for the MDG-1 Award.

Philippines

The Philippines has reached the MDG1 hunger target for decreasing the prevalence of undernourishment from 26.3% in 1990-92, to 11.5% in 2012-14. Over the same period, the number of undernourished has declined from 16.7 million to 11.3 million.