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Cuba among countries with lower rate in hunger and malnutrition


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(ACN) – Cuba is fifth among the first 14 countries that has achieved reducing the rate of hunger and malnutrition in a sustainable manner for several years.

The news, contained in the Report on the World Food Policy of 2018 was revealed at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, based in Rome, Italy.

Cuba appears among the nations that has advanced the most in its food policies with equality and are close to the goal linked to the Sustainable Development Objective with aspirations to reach zero hunger and malnutrition in 2030.

The report, responsibility of the International Research Institute on Food Policy based in Washington since 2000 has as the objective to revise each year the most relevant results in food policy in the world.

The World Hunger Rate, statistic model created by the Institute, classifies with low or moderate rates of hunger in the countries whose points reach the figure of 7.8 to 12.8.

The points are based in different indicators, reflecting the multidimensional nature of hunger, among these the percentage of the population with malnutrition and children under 5 years of age with pathologic or emaciation thinness and mortality in less than five.

The report of the International Research Institute on Food Policy based in Washington DC points out that conflicts and in particular the weakened multilateralism in 2017 is a serious obstacle in the fight against hunger in the world.

It mentions that the world census in 2017 was affected due to several factors, among them the rupture of the US from the Paris Agreement in the fight against climate change; the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union; and the lack of agreement during the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization.

According to CubaMinrex, the communique alerts on the need to eliminate obstacles and protectionism to food trade and urge the governments to design food policies that prioritize investment in food security and improvement in nutrition.

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