Latin America Could Eradicate Hunger by 2025 (IPS)

Fabíola Ortiz interviews RICARDO RAPALLO, coordinator of the Hunger-Free Latin America and Caribbean Initiative

VALPARAÍSO, Chile , Nov 26 2012 (IPS) – The hunger suffered by 49 million people in Latin America could be eradicated by 2025, according to Spanish agricultural engineer Ricardo Rapallo.

He said it is possible because the region produces more food than it consumes. And family farming, a major supplier of food and jobs, must be one of the pillars of that effort, said Rapallo, coordinator of the Hunger-Free Latin America and Caribbean Initiative, which is supported by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Although the statistics show that progress has been made – in 1990 there were 65 million hungry or malnourished people – poverty is one of the main problems standing in the way of doing away with hunger, he noted.

Moreover, to guarantee food security, production must be adapted to climate change, Rapallo told IPS in this interview in Valparaíso, a city on the Pacific coast in central Chile.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.