Phnom Penh – The Cambodian government in collaboration with the UN, launched the national action plan for Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC) on Wednesday, an initiative to eradicate hunger in the Southeast Asian country by 2025.
Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly, also chairman of the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development, speaking at the launching ceremony, said that the government was committed to achieving the sustainable development goal to end hunger.
Yim added that the ZHC initiative would make them also to achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
“The government is looking forward to working with development partners, civil society organisations and the private sector to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Cambodia by 2025,’’ he said.
He said the ZHC initiative was to assist the government to achieve the goal by the target date.
According to Yim, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are providing collective assistance to help Cambodia with the National Action Plan to implement the ZHC initiative.
FAO Regional Representative Kundhavi Kadiresan said it was estimated that over 2 million Cambodians out of the kingdom’s 15 million people are living in hunger.
“We commend the government for its strong commitment to end hunger and we are positively optimistic that we can achieve this goal within the timeframe,’’ she said. (Xinhua/NAN)