HAVANA TIMES — The head of the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), José Graziano, congratulated Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a letter for the reduction of hunger on the island.
Cuba has met the 2015 target of halving the number of people suffering from hunger, according to Graziano’s letter dated April 29 and published today on the cover of the official newspaper “Granma”.
The message is addressed personally to the former Cuban president, retired from power since 2006. Fidel Castro ruled the island for nearly 50 years after the triumph of the 1959 revolution.
Cuba joins 15 other countries to be honored for having fulfilled the goal set at the World Food Summit of 1976, Graziano said. “All will receive a certificate of recognition for having met the target in advance of the summit,” he said.
Besides Cuba, among the countries listed for their achievements in the fight against hunger are Chile, Guyana, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela in Latin America.
FAO will hold its next conference at its headquarters in Rome on June 15-22.