LADB Article ID: 79322
By: Andrés Gaudín
Every month so far this year, the World Bank and UN agencies have made note of moderately positive economic indicators reported in the Latin American-Caribbean region. Meanwhile, the global crisis has become increasingly complicated by serious problems in countries that are traditional consumers of Latin American and Caribbean products. Although the region is still far from meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000 for fulfillment by 2015, experts laud regional progress toward reaching the first of those goals—reducing hunger and poverty. The UN and the World Bank attribute progress to increased employment and social inclusion throughout most of the region in recent years. Argentine Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela said that, although the region has made more progress in ending hunger than other parts of the world in the last 20 years, 47 million people in the region are still undernourished.
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