About 75 countries have achieved the Millennium Development Goal, MDG target of halving proportion of the chronically undernourished, according to the latest edition of annual United Nations, UN report, “The State of Food Insecurity in the world 2015 –SOFI”.
The report, published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO; International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD and the World Food Programme, WFP, said the achievement has made the number of hungry people in the world dropped from 795 million to 216 million fewer than in 1990-92 or around one person out of every nine.
In the developing regions, it disclosed that the prevalence of undernourishment which measures the proportion of people who are unable to consume enough food for an active and healthy life has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter of a century ago.
According to the report, majority, 72 out of 129 of the countries monitored by FAO have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the prevalence of undernourishment by 2015, with developing regions as a whole missing the target by a small margin.
It added that 29 countries have met the more ambitious goal laid out at the World Food Summit in 1996, when governments committed to halving the absolute number of undernourished people by 2015.
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said: “The near-achievement of the MDG hunger targets shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime. We must be the Zero Hunger generation”.
“That goal should be mainstreamed into all policy interventions and at the heart of the new sustainable development agenda to be established this year”, he added.
IFAD President, Kanayo F. Nwanze is quoted in the report as saying, “If we truly wish to create a world free from poverty and hunger, then we must make it a priority to invest in the rural areas of developing countries where most of the world’s poorest and hungriest people live”.
“We must work to create a transformation in our rural communities so they provide decent jobs, decent conditions and decent opportunities. We must invest in rural areas so that our nations can have balanced growth and so that the three billion people who live in rural areas can fulfil their potential”, he said.
Also, the WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, said: “Men, women and children need nutritious food every day to have any chance of a free and prosperous future. Healthy bodies and minds are fundamental to both individual and economic growth, and that growth must be inclusive for us to make hunger history”.

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  • samuel

    The Governing Council of University of Abuja should as a matter of urgency ask the out- going Vice Chancellor to proceed on terminal leave irrespective of the fact that he has just seventeen (17) days to vacate that position. Some may think that this is not necessary since
    he will be leaving the office in a few days from now. It is good this Vice
    Chancellor is disgraced out of office because that would serve as deterrent to any person who is misusing office simply because the person believes he has the backing of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
    If the Governing Council should act immediately by asking the Vice Chancellor to leave, peace would return to campus and the in-coming Vice Chancellor would start his work on a peaceful atmosphere.
    I am convinced that the branch ASUU would resume immediately from this on-going strike if Mr. Vice Chancellor leaves now.