Almost one in three of the world’s poorest children cannot reach their full potential due to malnutrition. On Sunday 12 August, the same day the London 2012 Olympics came to an end, Prime Minister David Cameron and Michel Temer, Vice President of Brazil, called on the world to take the action needed to transform the life chances of millions of children before the next Olympic Games in 2016. They challenged global leaders to step up efforts to improve nutrition and reduce the rate of stunting among the world’s poorest children. This initiative complements the objective of London 2012 of having a lasting legacy, by improving the nutrition of millions children around the world and giving them the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
The Global Hunger Event has strengthened commitments to improving nutrition by identifying pioneering new ways of working to tackle malnutrition and bringing in new champions to support the global movement. Double gold medal winner Mo Farah was in attendance to raise the profile of tackling hunger and malnutrition.
In a recent blog published in The Guardian, IDS Director Lawrence Haddad says transparency and accountability must improve to ensure David Cameron’s global hunger summit leads to lasting progress. Read the article here.
The latest HDRC helpdesk report focuses on Nutrition data and accountability and covers several pertinent topics including mobile technology and real time monitoring.
The Department for International Development (DFID) have put together a package of hunger related resources:
Ivan Lewis MP has written an article titled ‘Global Hunger Event should seek to make malnutrition history’ for the Independent, which can be viewed here.
Hunger and Nutrition is a key focus of the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team at IDS. Read More about their work here.