U.N. agency proposes to combat hunger

A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders.

José Graziano da Silva, Food and Agricultural Organization director general, presented Tuesday the new regional plan for Food Security at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

This proposal is a tool to help countries of the region design national plans to transform their commitment to eradicating hunger and extreme poverty in the region into a reality,”  Graziano da Silva.

The plan is based on four broad pillars: strategy coordination at the national and regional levels, with a special focus on gender issues; sustainably ensuring access to safe and nutritious foods; widening school feeding programs with a priority on addressing all forms of malnutrition, from under-nutrition to obesity, and tackling the challenges posed to food security by climate change, said the U.N. agency.

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