Malawi: The fight against under nutrition in Africa has been given a boost of £2.7 billion at the G8 New Alliance for food security and Nutrition. Malawi is one of the beneficiaries.
The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a commitment by G8 Nations, African countries and the private sector partners to achieve sustained and inclusive agricultural growth to lift 50 million people out of the of poverty over the next 10 years. The initiative, which aims to save the lives of 1.7 million children and drive down rates of malnutrition by 2020, was unveiled at an international “nutrition summit” in London,
The summit also announced new commitment to scale up research, knowledge sharing and south-south partnerships. Twenty two businesses pledged to improve the nutrition and consequently the productivity and health of over 927,000 work forces in more than 80 countries. The funding was endorsed by 90 stakeholders, including 24 governments and 28 business and science organizations.
Despite the huge funding commitments various questions remain about whether it will all arrive – and will it be enough?.Various observers have said “We will never beat hunger just by spending more money or getting developed nations and philanthropists to somehow ‘do development’ to the developing world. It has to be about doing things differently. It’s all about helping those in developing countries take control of their own destiny.”
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