G7 leaders must commit to immediate multi-billion dollar package to tackle unprecedented global hunger crisis

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SCHLOSS ELMAU, KRÜN, GERMANY June 24, 2022: In the coming days, Germany will host the leaders of the major G7 democracies to discuss a common approach to tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Looking ahead to the G7 summit, Gabriella Waaijman, Global Humanitarian Director of Save the Children, said:

“The world is facing the greatest global food catastrophe of the 21st century. For the first time in decades, child hunger and malnutrition are on the rise, with millions of families struggling to provide their children with enough nutritious food. The Ukraine crisis has aggravated ongoing global hunger crises, causing shortages and driving up prices. Famine is rife in the Horn of Africa and services designed to treat malnourished children are struggling to keep up with demand. The time for deliberations has passed. People are dying now.

“We urge the G7, as a key part of its food security response, to also tackle global malnutrition, urgently and ambitiously. A central element of this should be the creation of an Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, and an accompanying commitment of an immediate and substantial multi-billion US dollar support package – to help newborns, the world’s most vulnerable children and women to survive this crisis.

“Currently, the G7 has proposed the creation of an Alliance for Food Security, which fails to recognize the crucial role nutrition plays in keeping people – especially children and women – alive and healthy.

“We welcome efforts to prioritize food security and mobilize funds to fight growing hunger, but traditional food aid is not enough to lift severely malnourished children from the brink. Nor will it stem the growing tide of malnutrition that is reversing decades of development progress and jeopardizing the education, health and protection of children, especially girls (and their future livelihoods). ).

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