IATF Zero Hunger targets to bring back hunger incidence to pre-pandemic levels

Screengrab from Zoom conference, Cabinet Secretary and chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger Karlo Alexi Nograles talks about the efforts of the government in 2020 to lower the hunger index. He said the group is targeting to at least bring back hunger incidence to pre-pandemic level.

PARAƑAQUE CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- The Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger (IATF-ZH) is targeting to at least bring back hunger incidence in the country to pre-pandemic levels.

Cabinet Secretary and concurrent chair of the IATF-ZH Karlo Alexi Nograles on Monday said due to the impact of COVID-19, the group is seeking to bring back the hunger incidence to the pre-pandemic levels of around 8.8 percent.

“With COVID-19, it doubled to 16 percent, then it rose to 20 percent and even to a high of 30 percent. But now it is back to 16. For 2021, our goal is to at least bring back the hunger incidence in the country to 8.8 percent, pre-pandemic,” he said, adding that the task force is “well on its way” of achieving the goals stipulated in the National Food Policy. 

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 101 that created the task force in January 2020.

He cited the “need to carefully coordinate, rationalize, monitor, and assess the efforts of concerned government agencies and instrumentalities to ensure a whole-of-government approach to eradicating hunger and achieving food security.”

An SWS survey in 2020 showed 7.6 million Filipinos said they experienced hunger during the pandemic.

Nograles said he recognizes this concern, adding that even the United Nations declared it was “impossible” for countries to achieve their zero hunger campaigns due to the problems brought by the pandemic.

“The very essence of this task force is the recognition of the problem of hunger. That it persists despite previous efforts,” he said. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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