Nicaragua Fulfills First Millennium Target, Says FAO Report
from Inside Costa Rica
Managua - Nicaragua fulfilled target number one for the millennium by halving its undernourished population earlier than expected, revealed the latest report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that has made headlines in Sandinista media.
FAO representative in Nicaragua Dr. Gero Vaagt attributed this early Nicaraguan achievement to attention given to food security through the promotion of social programs, including Zero Hunger, to curb poverty.
In remarks quoted by Tu Nueva Radio station during the National Forum on Food and Nutritional Security held in Esteli, Dr. Vaagt urged local farmers to increase basic grain sowing and revealed that collaboration with Nicaragua includes FAO-funded seed-improving programs and the production of potatoes in San Juan de Limay, San Francisco del Norte and San Jose de Cusmapa, a project also envisaging Dutch funds.
FAO, which celebrates World Food Day on October 16, also contributes funds to the Zero Usury Program in Nicaragua, and hopes the government will continue reducing the undernourished population and poverty, he said.
By target #1, they're referring to the1st of the UN Millenium Development Goals which is to reduce extreme poverty and hunger by half by 2015. MDG #1