The Prime Minister today welcomed ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ supporter David Walliams and 100 school children from across the UK to Downing Street ahead of Saturday’s G8 event ‘Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science’.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s event, the Prime Minister said:
I’m proud of the UK’s leadership in the fight against global hunger. Having fired the gun at last year’s Olympic Hunger Summit, the Nutrition for Growth event will be an opportunity for everyone — and that includes governments, business, scientists and NGOs — to step up and make a lasting difference in tackling under-nutrition and improve children ‘s life chances.
The children had been invited to showcase plates they had decorated in support of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign.
The UK will be seeking to secure ambitious commitments from everyone attending to address under-nutrition and food insecurity at the event. Ahead of the event, the Prime Minister has been speaking to leaders and NGOs to secure this much needed ambition.
Undernutrition is an underlying cause of 45% of deaths amongst children under five, while nearly 165 million suffer from stunting which stops children’s bodies from developing properly. This has a devastating impact of the future productivity in these countries. It’s clear that investing in nutrition now not only saves lives in the short-term, it also assists developing countries to achieve stronger, more resilient economic growth.