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01/12/2014 - 17:34hs

Mauritania honoured for fighting hunger

The Arab country and Brazil are among the countries recognized by the FAO last Sunday for their anti-hunger actions. The African country has slashed its malnutrition rate from 14.6% to 6.5%.

São Paulo – Mauritania, the Arab African country, was one of the countries honoured last Sunday (30th) for progress in fighting hunger. Several countries were awarded diplomas in Rome by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), including Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Philippines and Uruguay.

According to information released by the FAO, Mauritania has achieved Millennium Development Goal number one by slashing undernourishment rates from 14.6% or 300,000 people between 1990 and 1992 to 6.5% or 250,000 people between 2012 and 2014.

The first Millennium Development Goal is to reduce the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by half. Another goal, set during the 1996 World Food Summit, is to halve the absolute number of hungry people. Brazil has reduced undernourishment from 14.8% in 1990-1992 to 1.7% in 2012-2014, and the number of undernourished people has decreased from 22.5 million to 3.4 million.

Other countries have achieved the goal before 2014. The countries honoured last Sunday includ3e Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and the Philippines. Brazil, Cameroon and Uruguay were honoured for meeting the World Food Summit Goal.

The Mauritanian economy is mostly based on natural resources and agriculture. More than half the country’s population makes a living out of animal husbandry and agriculture. The Arab country possesses mineral resources such as iron ore, gold, copper, gypsum, phosphate rock, uranium, petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum was discovered in Mauritania approximately 13 years ago and did not start being explored until recently. The country also boasts a coastline and significant fishing activities.

Mauritania is a Muslim country with a population of roughly 3.5 million and life expectancy is 62 years.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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