The levels of malnutrition in children have decreased in recent years from 7.6% to 2.91%, thanks to food-focused missions and to the increase in access to subsidised food and drink. Growth levels in Venezuelan children have also increased stated Di Luca.
According to official data, the achievements of the last thirteen years in food security have increased the caloric intake of the Venezuelan people by 130%, currently at 790 kilocalories.
Di Luca stated that social programs like "AgroVenezuela mission, as well as the network of supply centres Mercal and Pdval, the food houses, the education campaigns and the access to unique health services, have all significantly contributed to these achievements".
The official saidthe process, "launched thanks to the political will of the government", is endorsed by institutions such as Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
She stressed that even though the levels of malnutricion in children had decreased in recent years from 7.6% to 2.91% - which represents a reduction of 72%, there would be no rest until the index reaches zero.
Finally, she highlighted the fact that the "implementation of a set of comprehensive policies, which go further than merely bettering the quality of food, now more accesible at subsidised prices, have influenced the increase in the growth levels of venezuelan children, who until 1997 registered a growth level of 0.8 cm, considerably lower than the 1.8 cm registered today".