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Fiji cuts hunger in half before global deadline

June 8, 2015 1:19 am

Fiji is one of only 38 countries to achieve its goal to cut hunger in half in 2012- three years before the deadline.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama presented Fiji’s perspective on the recent progress in fighting hunger globally at the 39th session of Food and Agriculture Organization conference in Rome today.

At the World Food Summit in 1996, 180 leaders pledged to eradicate hunger by agreeing to a global target to reduce the number of those hungry by half in 2015.

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Bainimarama says Fiji as a small island developing state hasn’t been immune to the challenge of providing necessary services to support and feed a growing population.

He adds the achievement highlights the will of the government to commit to stronger partnership with organizations such as the FAO.

Bainimarama says that by working together, Fiji not only succeeded but accomplished itself ahead of the 2015 deadline.

‘’Fijis committed to maintaining these momentum Fijis own experience have given us an improved understanding of the reasons for hunger. Food insecurity and malnutrition and thus gives us the confidence necessary to step forward and improve’’.

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.

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