Many Indonesians Still Suffering from Starvation: FAO

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Saturday reported that at millions of Indonesia still suffering from starvation.

    At least 19.4 million Indonesia go to sleep every day with a hungry stomach and the figures is equal to a third of people in South East Asia that are suffering from famine.

    According to a FAO representative in Indonesia Mark Smulders in his press release, FAO has urged all sectors and development institutions to accelerate measures to reach Zero Hunger Challenge as to centralize efforts to support poor farmer families and groups that are most vulnerable and unfortunate.

    "We have to ensure that Indonesian people, especially children, receive sufficient nutrition to live an active and healthy live,” he said.

    According to FAO, although Indonesia has successfully increased availability of foods and energy sources, the country is slow in reducing the number of malnourished people, especially toddlers.

    NATALIA SANTI