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FAO: Caribbean CARICOM countries showing progress in hunger reduction

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March, 2016

Overall in the Caribbean, the number of undernourished people decreased from 8.1 million in 1990-1992, to 7.5 million in 2014-16. The proportion of undernourished people fell from 27 percent to 19.8 percent during the same period.

More specifically, the three countries Caribbean countries - Barbados, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been able to reach the hunger targets that was set out in the World Food Summit (WFS), and the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also, other countries such as Dominica, Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have been able to reduce undernourishment levels to less than 10 percent of its population, while others still have higher rates of undernourishment between 10 and 50 percent of its population.

However, some of the challenges that have been presented by Dr. Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator in the Caribbean, is related to food security and consumption trends in the region, to which FAO is committed to work upon. Tthe effects of climate change and natural disasters can directly harm food and nutrition security, and the trend of consuming processed food is resulting obesity and related complex diseases.

Read more: http://www.fao.org/americas/noticias/ver/en/c/378929/