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£2.7 billion to tackle global hunger
11 June 2013
On 8 June, the UK Government, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Brazilian Government, co-hosted an event on Growth and Nutrition. The event brought together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society to discuss the financial and political commitments needed to tackle undernutrition in mothers and children.
At the event, donors pledged to spend more than £2.7 billion up to 2020 to tackle undernutrition, of which the UK government committed £375 million of core funding and £280 million of matched funding from 2013 to 202
IF Campaign Spokesperson David Bull said, “If today’s promises are delivered, they could save the lives of almost two million children – an historic breakthrough in the fight against hunger. We now need to ensure that donors stump up the cash as quickly as possible - hungry children can’t wait.”
Malnutrition is the leading cause of child death. A study released by The Lancet this week showed almost half of global child deaths are attributable to it. Despite this, it has been a neglected topic with less than 0.4% of global aid being spent addressing it.