The Dominican Republic has shown a significant decrease in hunger levels in the last two years, due to the package of measures that President Luis Abinader deployed in favor of Dominican families in the presence of the pandemic.
According to a report on food insecurity in the world published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Dominican Republic and Panama are the countries that achieve the greatest reduction in hunger figures in the entire region , while those of other nations rise.
The document also explains that the country reports a prevalence of undernourishment of 6.7% for 2021; while in the previous period (2018-2020) that figure was 8.3%.
The work cited indicates that this translates into a reduction of 1.6 percentage points in the prevalence of undernourishment. “A significant achievement for the country in the current situation of global food crisis,” explains the FAO document.
“This good news can be explained by the package of measures that the government deployed to contain families in the face of the pandemic, such as the expansion of coverage of the Supérate program, increase in the production of food from the basic basket, support for the direct sowing, zero rate and others”, continues the report.
It also highlights that extreme poverty decreased from 5.0% in 2021 to 4.8% in 2022.