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.
“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.
“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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