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Authorities report starvation risk in Latvia is minimal and expected to reduce more in future

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEver since joining the European Union, Latvia has significantly improved food safety and nutrition rules. As a result, there is now a minimal risk of starvation in Latvia. It is also planned to reduce the risk to zero in the future, as mentioned in the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre’s report to UN Organization for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

The report mentions that the risk of starvation is minimal because households that have ended up in a situation when their finances are critically low are provided with social assistance by municipalities they live in. Additional assistance is also provided by Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. Free meals are also provided to children of all ages from poor families.

It is also mentioned in the report that in 2016 around 18.5% households could not afford to eat meat, poultry and fish every other day. 37.3% of households below the poverty threshold mentioned this. 23.8% of households living in the countryside mentioned this problem (16.3% living in cities). Nevertheless, increase of the general economic welfare level among those households has slowed down in the last seven years.

It is positive that many schools now provide free lunches to more children and youngsters. Since 2016, the proportion of unhealthy food products sold in schools has reduced. It is no longer allowed to sell sweets, lemonades and pastries at schools. The support programme Milk and Fruits provides fresh fruits and milk to schools worth more than EUR 1.3 million.

It is underlined in the report that one of the sustainable UN goals in Latvia is completely excluding the risk of starvation and increasing food safety and dieting standards, as well as further developing sustainable agriculture. In Latvia’s case reaching this goal is especially important, considering the country’s sustainable development strategy until 2030 includes as priorities securing sustainable agriculture and using agriculture land as a resource, as well as promoting healthy dieting habits for residents.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. It includes 17 sustainable development goals and 169 sub-objectives to help reduce poverty and ensure sustainable world development.


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