Ghana has met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, the UN food agency confirmed June 12, 2013.
Ghana was among 38 countries worldwide to have met the targets ahead of the 2015 deadline.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Ghana met targets of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number one on halving the proportion of hungry people as well as the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal of having reduced by half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-92 and 2010-2012.
The FAO, in a statement, said it will honour Ghana together with the other countries in a high-level ceremony at its headquarters June 16, 2013 during the week-long meeting of the FAO Conference, the organization’s highest governing body.
“These countries are leading the way to a better future. They are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
According to Graziano da Silva, global hunger has declined over the past decade, but 870 million people are still undernourished, and millions of others suffer the consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including child stunting.
By Ekow Quandzie