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G8 commits to nutrition

The G8 agriculture ministers have recognised the importance of nutrition and the crucial link between agriculture and access to food. Concern welcomes these commitments.

Concern, together with Save the Children and Action Against Hunger, wrote a letter to the G8 ministers of agriculture before their meeting in Italy on 18 – 20 April.

Nutrition and food

The letter highlighted the need for ministers to address malnutrition as a legitimate issue in its own right. It also pushed the ministers to recognise the crucial links between nutrition, agriculture and access to food.

Concern also called for the G8 agriculture ministers to confirm their commitment to the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. This partnership is comprised of UN agencies, NGOs, governments and private sector companies.

Defeating hunger

The letter was a success: the final declaration by the G8 ministers put agriculture and access to food high on the international agenda. It also recognised that they have a key role to play in “defeating hunger and ensuring safe, sufficient and nutritious food for present and future generations.”

Support and commitment

Concern was also encouraged to see the G8 ministers underline their support for the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. Plus, they committed to role of UN High Level Task Force chaired by the UN Secretary General, and the Comprehensive Framework for Action.

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