Addressing Global Malnutrition
' ... share your food with the hungry' (Isaiah 58:7)
As the Olympic Games drew to a close, David Cameron hosted a 'Hunger Summit' to address issues of malnutrition. This has been applauded as a brilliant way to leave a lasting legacy of London 2012, bringing together sportsmen and influential leaders from Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh and India. Somalia-born Mo Farah was using his Olympic glory to draw awareness of global malnutrition outside 10 Downing Street.
Rates of child mortality have fallen dramatically in recent years; yet the problem of malnutrition has not much improved. However, the energy put into addressing the crisis last Sunday led to promising plans - research into drought-resistant, vitamin-enriched crops, for example.
Reporting on the summit, Justin Forsyth believes it's possible to make this generation 'the last' to suffer from 'severe malnutrition.'
Matthew Frost from Tearfund says the aim of preventing 25 million children being stunted is a 'superb start' and that his 'hope and prayer' is that it will help the 'one billion people who go hungry every night.'