L. American countries seek to eradicate hunger, poverty

10:26, March 17, 2010      

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Agriculture ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean discussed on Tuesday how to eradicate hunger and poverty in their countries by 2025.

The ministers debated common strategies to fight hunger and poverty, though the situation in each country was different.

The meeting, entitled "Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025," was convened in order to fulfil one of the UN Millennium Goals.

Ecuadorian Agriculture Minister Ramon Espinel said that the Latin American and Caribbean countries should eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2025. However, this goal has not been achieved by all.

"The joint effort is very important, but it is also of crucial importance what every country does to achieve this goal," Espinel said.

"In Ecuador, we are working hard on this matter, because it is a constitutional mandate for the Ecuadorian people," he added.

Establishing a joint mechanism of the sub-regional integration organizations, such as Mercosur, for investments in projects in Latin America and the Caribbean was also on the agenda.

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