Bangladesh Slashes Hunger Rates in Half, Becomes Model for Rest of World

Bangladesh Slashes Hunger Rates in Half, Becomes Model for Rest of World

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bangladesh farming - Shykh Seraj

According to a recent United Nations report, there are 216 million fewer hungry people in the world today than in the 1990’s – and nearly 100 million fewer in just the last three years.

Bangladesh is one country that’s seen a dramatic improvement, having reduced its chronic hunger rate by more than 50 percent since 2000.

The once-impoverished South Asian country is now a self-sufficient rice producer, focused on small-farm mechanization, irrigation, and boosting women’s economic power and girls’ education.Tesco-fruit-produce-CC-Fruitnetdotcom

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“Bangladesh is one of three success stories of the last 10 to 15 years – Ethiopia and Nepal are the other two – that give us some hope on this goal,” Professor Glenn Denning of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs told the CS Monitor.

Of 129 countries monitored, 72 have cut their undernourishment rates in half, on target with the 2015 Millennium Development Goal set by the Food and Agriculture Organization.ethiopia-tree-planter.jpg

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“The near-achievement of the hunger target shows us that we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger in our lifetime,” said FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva.

(READ more at CS Monitor) – Photo: Shykh Seraj

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  1. Fantastic news! The empowerment of females tells me Bangladesh must not be Muslim. It also worries me that it could become a target of radical islam terrorists. Just saying, not trying to be Negative Ned.

    • William, try googling Bangladesh and religion and see what you find. Then perhaps look at the difference between how Islam views women and how certain political/cultural regimes do. I think you have some misunderstandings.

  2. I am so glad for the people of Bangladesh and I know that they can reach their goal to completely stomp out hunger in their country. Even to become a thriving force in today’s economy. They have already proven that they can do it. Now they just need to keep doing it. Continue to STARVE OUT HUNGER!