High-level meeting on global nutrition and growth

High-level meeting on global nutrition and growth

Development Secretary Justine Greening announced 
a major boost to Britain’s work in reducing hunger 
and malnutrition around the world. 
Picture: Benet Coulber/DFID

8 June 2013. London, UK. The UK government, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science brought together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society to make the political and financial commitments needed to prevent undernutrition, enabling people and nations to prosper.
and the Government of Brazil will co-host

The Nutrition for Growth event has ended with world leaders signing a global agreement to help beat hunger and malnutrition around the globe, saving the lives of at least 1.7 million children.

Among the participants were two presidents and four prime ministers from Africa, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, philanthropist Bill Gates, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Unilever chief executive Paul Polman.

Donors have secured new commitments of up to £2.7 billion ($4.15 billion) to tackle undernutrition up to 2020, £1.9 billion ($2.9 billion) of which is core funding with the remainder secured through matched funding. The UK has today committed an additional £375 million of core funding and £280 million of matched funding from 2013 to 2020.

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Report by the UK House of Commons’ International Development Committee released a report titled “Global Food Security”. You can read it here: Global Food Security

The International Development Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Office of the Secretary of State for International Development.

Their report outlines long-term factors affecting demand for and supply of food. It then considers how these factors, together with more short-term policy decisions such as export bans, have contributed to recent food price “shocks” or “spikes”, and how to reduce the magnitude of these shocks. They then consider how best to protect the most vulnerable when shocks occur.

The report is timely as the G8 presidency is currently held by the UK and they are focused on food security and nutrition. They are hosting the G8 summit on June 17-18 where food security is sure to be on the agenda and they will also be co-hosting an event with Brazil on June 8th called “Nutrition for Growth: Beating hunger through nutrition and science”.


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