UN fetes Vietnam for poverty reduction

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The United Nations food agency honored Vietnam and 37 other countries for achieving international goals for eradication of poverty and hunger at a ceremony in Rome, Italy, on June 16.

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said the countries have [already] met internationally accepted targets like halving poverty by 2015.

It was referring to the UN's 2000 "Millennium Development Goals" for countries, under which the main target was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Of those, 18 countries also reached the "World Food Summit Goal" of reducing by half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-1992 and 2010-2012.

The other 17 nations are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Djibouti, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Peru, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and Venezuela.

FAO Minister José Graziano da Silva hailed their success, saying they are leading the way to a better future.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, the Vietnamese government representative at the ceremony, thanked the FAO for its recognition of Vietnam's efforts.

She highlighted Vietnam's achievements in boosting agricultural production, ensuring food security, and improving people's living conditions despite the challenges caused by population growth, natural disasters, and a reduction in cultivation area.

According to the FAO's statistics, Vietnam reduced the percentage of hungry people from 46.9 percent, or 32.16 million people, in 1990-92 to 9 percent, or 8.01 million people in 2010-12.

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