Myanmar receives UN award for reduction of hunger

The ceretificate of Achievement Award for in fighting hunger in Myanmar. MNA

Yangon, 8 June— The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday recognized Myanmar for its progress in fighting hunger, after the country dramatically slashed the number of its citizens without enough food over a two-decade period.
Thirty countries received awards at the ongoing 39th session of the FAO Conference in Rome for halving the number of hungry people as laid out by governments at the World Food Summit (WFS) there in 1996.
Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing accepted the award from FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the ceremony on behalf of President U Thein Sein.
Myanmar reduced the number of its citizens living in hunger from 62.6 percent in 1990-1992 to 14.2 percent after 2014.
The Director-General congratulated the countries for their achievement and also urged a redoubling of global efforts to combat chronic undernourishment.
“One out of nine people on the planet still do not have enough food to conduct active, healthy and productive lives. It is not acceptable,” he said.
The year 2015 marks the completion of the monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goals which will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals currently being negotiated by the international community.—MNA

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