Rome: Thirty eight countries have beaten a UN-imposed deadline of 2015 to cut in half the proportion of hungry people.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization on Saturday recognized the 38 countries and urged those still working to meet the UN target to redouble efforts.
The UN General Assembly in 2000 established a set of " Millennium Development Goals" for countries. The No. 1 target was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, including halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015.