FAO in Laos

Minister collects award for hunger target


The Lao Minister of Agriculture and Forestry has collected a special diploma on behalf of the Government for halving the proportion of hungry people in the country between 1990 and 2015 and achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target.

 The award was presented to H.E. Mr. Vilayvanh Phomke, by Jose Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General, at a ceremony held at the organization’s headquarters in Rome, to recognize the great effort made by those countries that have successfully achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of their populations that face hunger between 1990 and 2015.

 The awards were presented to senior figures from all 15 countries. High-level representatives and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which took place during the biennial FAO Conference. The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, also congratulated the successful Governments at the event.

 In total, 72 out of 129 countries monitored worldwide, have achieved the MDG-1 Hunger target. Among the fifteen countries recognized this year, five were in the Asia and the Pacific region, including Laos, China, Myanmar, Nepal and Solomon Islands.

 A joint FAO, WFP, IFAD report released last month noted that Lao PDR is part of the group of countries having made very good progress, since it has reduced the prevalence of undernourishment from 42.8% in 1990-92, to 18.5% in 2014-16. Across the Asia and the Pacific region, the proportion of people facing hunger had fallen from 24 percent in 1990 to 12 percent by 2015, the year that marks the completion of the monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goals.

 “It is an award that reflects the strong efforts in Lao PDR to reduce hunger, and it will further encourage the Government to achieve zero hunger.” said Stephen Rudgard, the Representative of FAO to Lao PDR.

 WFP Country Director in Lao PDR, Sarah Gordon-Gibson, said that all organizations working on food security and nutrition in Laos should be encouraged to continue their productive collaboration.

 “This award recognizes the huge progress Laos has made, progress which we need to keep building on now,” she said.