Benin is on course to achieving five out of the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations for 2015, the government said in a statement on Sunday.
Poverty level in Benin is 36 percent, the lowest level in the West African Economic and Monetary Union where the average poverty level is 49.4 percent.
Benin has already achieved the MDG on access to water, becoming one of the few countries that have achieved an 82 percent coverage in 2015 against 75 percent target set by the UN.
In terms of reduction of hunger, the statement added, Benin has already achieved the objective by reducing the number of the population suffering from hunger by half. The achievement has earned the country two consecutive awards from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
With regards to provision of universal free primary education, enrolment rate in Beninese primary schools rose from 64 percent in 2006 to 77.6 percent in 2014, the statement revealed.
The MDGs are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions. They include poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter and exclusion, while promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. Enditem