APIA, TUESDAY 13 APRIL 2013: Samoa is amongst a list of nearly 40 countries that have already cut hunger in half, and it means that Samoa has achieved the target set in Millennium Development Goal 1 as set by the United Nations in 2000.
This was announced in a joint press release today issued by the Head of the FAO Office at the United Nations in New York, Sharon Brennan Haylock and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Samoa Hon. LeMamea Ropati Mualia.
The announcement is made at the conclusion of the 10th Ministerial meeting of the South West Pacific Ministers held in Apia on the 11th – 13th April 2013.
“With less than 1000 days towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the record is one that shows more countries lagging behind in attainment of the goals than being on track to achieve them,” the statement said.
“However, there are few notable success stories where countries have achieved certain goals, and with concerted efforts will remain on track.
“We see this in MDG Goal 1, which calls for cutting hunger in half by 2015.
“Samoa is amongst a list of nearly 40 countries that have already cut hunger in half, and it means that Samoa has achieved the target set in MDG Goal 1.
“This means that Samoa has put into place decisive policies and actions to accelerate hunger reduction. As indicated in FAO’s State of Food Insecurity 2012, in order for there to be economic growth, this needs to be accompanied by purposeful public action, policies and programmes, geared to lifting people out of poverty and hunger, and this is what the Government of Samoa has done.
“This is a remarkable achievement for a small island developing nation such as Samoa and, by the Grace of God; it is a good signal for our beloved country’s economic growth and sustainability,” the joint statement ended.