Ethiopia cuts extreme poverty, hunger by half

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Addis Ababa, 13 October 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopia has achieved the MDG goal one, halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

Ethiopia is among the 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target.Ethiopia is also among the 25 countries that achieved the more ambitious World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the number of undernourished people by 2015.

The nation has managed to reduce undernourished people to 35 percent, which 20 years ago was 75 percent, the Ministry said.

The various activities being undertaken by the government to increase food security has contributed for the success.

According to the Ministry, Ethiopia along with the other countries will be honored at the 150th FAO Conference to be held in December.

The agriculture sector, growing by 8 percent in average is contributing for the overall development of the country and this achievement, the Ministry said.

According to reports, Ethiopia has made commendable progress towards reaching most of the MDGs. Apart from the overall decline in poverty, positive gains have been made in terms of education, health and reducing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS. These advances are owed largely to the Government’s efforts, with substantial support from the UN.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report issued by FAO confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by 209 million since 1990-92.

The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that the (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach, the report said.

To date, 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015. (ENA)

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