FAO and ECLAC highlight progress in Latin America and the Caribbean in food security

September 28, 2015

The Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said that just now that the international community is committed to eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition as central pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Latin America demonstrates that zero hunger is a possible goal to achieve.

The head of FAO made these statements this Sunday at a meeting held within the framework of the World Summit on Sustainable Development to review the state of food and nutrition security in the region and assess how to address the pending challenges

Along with Graziano da Silva and the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, were present representatives of the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Relations and Human Mobility of Ecuador -in his capacity as Pro Tempore President of CELAC- stressed that hunger is not a technical problem, but a political one, so it needs decision and the will to be overcome.

Patiño recalled that although 32 million people have been rescued from undernourishment, more than 34 million Latin Americans and Caribbean people still suffer from hunger.

Graziano da Silva appreciated the leadership of CELAC in supporting and complementing national efforts that promote South-South cooperation in the region and the adoption of public policies that combine measures to support family farming and the strengthening of social protection.

September 28, 2015

The Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said that just now that the international community is committed to eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition as central pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Latin America demonstrates that zero hunger is a possible goal to achieve.

The head of FAO made these statements this Sunday at a meeting held within the framework of the World Summit on Sustainable Development to review the state of food and nutrition security in the region and assess how to address the pending challenges

Along with Graziano da Silva and the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, were present representatives of the Quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Relations and Human Mobility of Ecuador -in his capacity as Pro Tempore President of CELAC- stressed that hunger is not a technical problem, but a political one, so it needs decision and the will to be overcome.

Patiño recalled that although 32 million people have been rescued from undernourishment, more than 34 million Latin Americans and Caribbean people still suffer from hunger.

Graziano da Silva appreciated the leadership of CELAC in supporting and complementing national efforts that promote South-South cooperation in the region and the adoption of public policies that combine measures to support family farming and the strengthening of social protection.