ROME (VNS)— Viet Nam is ranked among top countries meeting anti-hunger targets ahead of a deadline set for 2015.
According to a report announced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome on Wednesday, 20 countries have satisfied the Millennium Development Goal number one (MDG1), to halve the proportion of hungry people.
Their progress was measured between 1990-92 and 2010-12, against benchmarks established by the international community at the UN General Assembly in 2000.
An additional 18 countries were congratulated for reaching both MDG1 and the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal, having reduced by half the absolute number of undernourished people between 1990-92 and 2010-12.
Viet Nam is listed among countries achieving both MDG1 and the WFS.
"These countries are leading the way to a better future. They are proof that with strong political will, co-ordination and co-operation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger," FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva was quoted by FAO website.
These countries will be honoured in a high-level ceremony at FAO headquarters in Rome on Sunday.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs last month reported that Viet Nam's poverty rate felt to 9.6 per cent last year, down by 2.16 per cent from 2011. — VNS