▷ “Nutrition for Growth” summit: Take countermeasures now for a world without hunger

06.12.2021 – 08:30

Action against hunger gGmbH

Berlin (ots)

On the occasion of the “Nutrition for Growth” summit in Tokyo, the NGOs Action Against Hunger, Global Citizen, Save the Children and Welthungerhilfe demand that the new federal government do more to combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

Although progress has been made in the fight against hunger in the past few decades, hunger has been increasing again for several years: in particular, the climate crisis, armed conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic are threatening the food security of millions of people. Up to 811 million people worldwide are hungry. 149.2 million children under the age of 5 are chronically undernourished and stunted, 45.4 million are acutely undernourished – the most extreme form of hunger. The long-term consequences of the corona pandemic will only become fully apparent in the coming years.

The Federal Government is one of the largest bilateral donors for rural development and food security and has thus positioned itself as a pioneer in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. However, it has so far invested comparatively little in measures that are explicitly designed to improve food security – i.e. that go beyond the mere availability of food and address all forms of malnutrition through a cross-sectoral approach. The summit in Japan is about these measures. The four NGOs therefore demand from the new federal government:

  • A financial commitment of at least 250 million US dollars (approx. 210 million euros) annually for food security (Nutrition)
  • Cross-sectoral anchoring of food security in development cooperation by integrating nutrition more closely into program planning in the areas of health, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene. To this end, at least 10 percent of the expenditure in these sectors should include food security by 2025 (“nutrition-sensitive”)
  • Increase transparency on nutrition-related development spending to allow tracking of progress. With the “Nutrition Policy Marker”, the OECD provides a reporting tool that should be adopted.

The right to adequate food is a human right, and a world without hunger is a declared goal of the global sustainability agenda. In addition, the World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed six goals to improve child and maternal nutrition by 2025. These goals are not being achieved because nutrition is not getting the political attention and funding it needs, given the alarming developments. The summit is a crucial moment to secure much-needed financial and political commitments from donors, the organizations urge.

Background: The third international “Nutrition for Growth” summit will take place in Tokyo on December 7th and 8th, 2021. Representatives from politics, business, donor organizations and non-governmental organizations take part with the aim of setting the course for a world without hunger.

Press contact:

Action against hunger, Vassilios Saroglou, [email protected], 030 – 279 099 776
Global Citizen, Rick Nagelschmidt, [email protected], 0177 – 576 95 69
Save the Children, Claudia Kepp, [email protected], +49 (0)170 – 7858 935
Welthungerhilfe, Simone Pott, [email protected], Tel .: 0172 – 2525962

Original content by: Aktion gegen den Hunger gGmbH, transmitted by news aktuell


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