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Asia-Pacific Must Make More Effort To End Hunger; Dairy Could Play Beneficial Role, FAO Report Says

Associated Press: U.N. says dairy a potential ally in Asia nutrition challenges
“…Milk and other dairy products have become an unexpected ally in the fight against Asia’s newest dietary challenges: obesity, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released Tuesday. ‘This report is an eye-opener and a wake-up call … we still have nearly half-a-billion hungry people in this region,’ said Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO’s assistant director general. But ‘increased consumption of milk and dairy holds out excellent promise to improve nutrition,’ she said…” (Kang, 12/5).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Asia-Pacific loses steam in efforts to end hunger: study
“Even as malnutrition killed millions of children worldwide last year — with many deaths in Asia-Pacific, the region’s progress towards defeating hunger has slowed down, a new study has found. The study, published on Tuesday by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said although Asia-Pacific halved the number of hungry mouths from 1990 to 2015, in many countries, progress has faltered in the last five years…” (Liu, 12/6).

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