A coordinator at FAO’s Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean 2025 initiative said Friday that Peru was on the right track in fighting chronic child malnutrition thanks to the strong political commitment and firm actions on the part of the Peruvian government.
"I think Peru is going in the right direction, there has been a reduction in chronic child malnutrition in recent years, from 30 percent in 2000 to 19.5 percent, or less, at present," FAO coordinator Luis Lobo told Andina news agency.
Lobo highlighted the "political commitment" of the government of President Ollanta Humala to combat chronic child malnutrition with "interesting signals" through its social inclusion policies.
"Peru declared 2013 the Year of Investment for Rural Development and Food Security; the Ministry of Agriculture has increased its budget to 2.5 billion soles, 1 billion of which will be spent on small irrigation systems… these are interesting signals," he stated.
The HFLAC initiative is a commitment from the countries and organizations of the region, supported by the Food and Agricultural Organization from the United Nations (FAO), to contribute to create the conditions that will allow eradicating hunger permanently by 2025.
A coordinator at FAO’s Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean 2025 initiative said Friday that Peru was on the right track in fighting chronic child malnutrition.