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13:28 FAO: Peru makes great progress on combating hunger in LatAm
 
Lima, Feb. 20 (ANDINA). Peru is one of Latin America countries that has made more progress on combating hunger in recent years and quinoa has helped the country in this fight, said John Preissing, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) representative for Peru.
John Preissing, FAO Representative of the United Nations in Peru
John Preissing, FAO Representative of the United Nations in Peru
Preissing noted that up to now the Andean country is an example of what is possible to do when the problem is well focused and when the country grows and support the population through social programs.

He stressed the strategic partnership between Peru and FAO and the designation Peru's First Lady as FAO Special Ambassador for the International Year of Quinoa.

Around 900 million people in the world and some 49 million in Latin America suffer hunger.

Moreover, Preissing said quinoa has high nutritional value as it contains more proteins than other grains.  

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Date: 20/02/2013
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