Summary: 13 August 2012, Brussels - European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced this new commitment during the Global Hunger Event in London.
The European Commission will remain committed to improve food and nutrition security in the world and help to reduce the number of malnourished children:
- The European Commission invests at least 800 million euro in agriculture and food security a year
- To help achieving the Millennium Development Goals related to hunger and child mortality, the European Commission has allocated 225 million euro through its MDG Initiative.
- The European Commission will continue to support the Scaling-Up Nutrition Movement to create innovative solutions to undernutrition.
- Commissioner Piebalgs also pledged today that the Commission will step up its investments in research for nutrition in projects such as Harvest Plus to develop biofortified crops for the poor rich in nutrients and resilient to draught.
Around 170 million children in the world suffer from stunting and 3 million children die every year due to food insecurity, poor health and inappropriate child care.
The event, co-hosted by UK Prime Minster, David Cameron and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, aimed at scaling-up political commitment to put nutrition at the top of the global development agenda. This high-level meeting brought together the double Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah, representatives from governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector.