FAO's New Strategy to Combat Poverty in LatAm, Creibbean

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Added On April 25, 2019

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, has presented a new strategy to help end poverty and hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
 
The strategy, known as "100 Territories Free from Hunger and Poverty," was released in Santiago of Chile on Tuesday.
 
It calls for more cooperation between FAO and local governments.
 
SOUNDBITE 1 (Spanish): JULIO BERDEGUE, FAO Regional Representative 
"We have begun to work on a strategy that we call '100 Territories Free from Hunger and Extreme Poverty,' and what we want to do in these 100 territories is to put them in the spotlight. To say, careful! These places are falling behind. And when they fall behind, they generate a number of conflicts. The problem -- the recognition of the Araucania in Chile isn't because it's a territory that's poorer than average, but because it's been a scene of conflict."
 
The first phase of the strategy includes action in five priority countries: Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
 
The strategy aims to create a coalition of social actors from the private sector and academia dedicated to effecting lasting change.
 
SOUNDBITE 2 (Spanish): MARIANA ESCOBAR, Specialist Consultant on Rural Development for FAO
"Generally, it is thought that these rural issues are a problem just for the ministers of agriculture, but no, they're a problem for different sectors. We need the environmental, social development, health, education, housing, and water ministers to act. But obviously coordinating these actors is very complex. It's very difficult(delete).But it's showing that when there is better coordination, the public resources arrive in a more efficient manner."
 
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, or ECLAC, and the FAO have identified more than 40 million people in 14 countries who live in areas of extreme poverty and food insecurity. 
 
The FAO is looking to end extreme poverty and hunger throughout the world over the course of 10 years.