|Save the Children Statement on G8 Food Security Initiative|
G8 Initiative Boosts Attention to Nutrition but Lacks Target for Helping Malnourished Children
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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 18, 2012) — At a time when a billion people go to bed hungry every night, Save the Children applauds President Obama for refocusing world attention on the "injustice of chronic hunger" and the importance of nutrition in a child's first thousand days.
Save the Children welcomes G8 leaders' plans to lift 50 million people out of poverty and to address the global hunger and malnutrition crisis, which is devastating the lives of millions of children around the world.
Nutrition is an element of the initiative, but leaders missed an opportunity to take even bolder steps to tackle chronic malnutrition, which affects 171 million children every year. Boosting agriculture and private sector involvement is crucial to food security - but it is not enough. It's not just about growing economies - but growing kids. Children need the right kind of food and nutrition to help them thrive.
Without setting a concrete G8 target for reducing chronic malnutrition, there is no way in which global leaders' and their partners can be held accountable over the course of this new initiative.
G8 leaders must build on these steps no later than their London summit next year: many young lives depend on their strong leadership.
For more on Save the Children's take on the G8 and nutrition, visit www.savethechildren.org/child-survival
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