UN Points to Peru’s Biodiversity to Help Reduce Malnutrition

Food securityThe population suffering from malnutrition in Peru has fallen by more than half over the past two decades, but the country still has a long way to go to further reduce the rate, according to a United Nations official.

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization’s representative in Peru, John F. Preissing, said that malnourishment affects about 2.7 million Peruvians today, less than 10% of the population, state news agency Andina reported.

Compared to 1992, a time of political and economic turmoil, that is a big drop from the approximately 7 million people who suffered malnutrition in the Andean country.

Preissing John, Fao-Nov 2014“Peru has made a lot of progress in the issue of food. It has reduced by more than half the number of people who are malnourished,” said Preissing. “We see a lot of progress.”

Preissing said, however, that the country still has a great deal to do to further tackle malnourishment, which can have a life-long impact on the development of children.

Among the tools to promote better eating habits, Preissing said the country should promote its biodiversity, which includes a vast array of fruits and vegetables.

“We have to work on the concept of intelligent agriculture, which means applying a route to take advantage of the biodiversity of the country to improve production, efficiency and exploitation,” he said.

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