FAO Recognizes Work of Cuba in Food Security

Havana, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The work of Cuba in the fight against hunger and food security of its population in the middle of difficult economic conditions, was recognized Friday by the FAO representation in Cuba.

The representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Theodor Friedrich, praised in press conference that the main strength of the Caribbean nation has been the concern and occupation of their authorities for feeding, which has made it possible to substantially reduce the scourge of hunger.

With programs and social policies against poverty, this country met the goals set in the Development Objectives of the Millennium and the World Food Summit, which is demonstrated with a prevalence of undernourishment below five percent since 2005, praised Friedrich.

He stressed that these results allow Cuba to settle today among the 16 nations with success in reducing hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region with significant advances in the fight against this scourge in the world.

During the past 25 years Cuba has been solving basic needs of the population in relation to food, enabling to reach 3, 533 calories a day per person in the 2014-16 triennium.

This indicator makes it one of the countries with the highest calorie food availability per capita in the region, he said.

The FAO representative meant the role of government to strengthen food and nutrition security through price subsidies for staple foods, which cover half of the nutritional needs of citizens, with emphasis on vulnerable groups, sick persons with disabilities and seniors.

Thus, he said, the country maintains a network of popular food for low-income people, as well as delivering free meals or reduced-price health centers, education and others.

He recalled that the report of Food Insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean, published by FAO on Thursday in Chile, recognized that it was the political commitment of Cuba with universal social policies , standing as one of the key elements to sustain such results .

This is more significant, he said, considering the context of slowing global economy and the economic, financial and trade which is subject to blockade.

To a question from Prensa Latina, Friedrich said that in the last two years, FAO has increased the implementation of projects in Cuba related to sustainable production, value chain and tackling climate change in order to replace food imports.

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