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Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative

Reasons for the Initiative

In Latin America and the Caribbean 37 million people -6.1% of the population- still suffer from hunger and malnutrition. All these millions of people are part of a human drama that can and must be solved.

Due to the fact that the main cause of undernourishment in region is not a lack of food but bad distribution and insufficient access by the poorest sectors to these goods, it is ethically essential to create synergies and bridges so that each country can develop full food security and so guarantee the right to food of their citizens. 

Within this context the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative was born, a commitment of the countries of the region with a very specific goal: to eradicate hunger from all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on eradicating chronic child malnutrition.

It is a reachable goal, notwithstanding the great difficulties there are, because the region produces and exports far more food than is consumed and it is also going through a sustained economic growth process. Hunger is a tragedy that can be solved, and this Initiative expects to use all the tools it can to ensure that nobody else dies of hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Panorama 2014