19 May '12, 10am

The G8’s responsibility to tackle child hunger | Care2 Causes

The G8’s responsibility to tackle child hunger | Care2 Causes

By Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern Worldwide Almost 1,000 days ago, on July 10, 2009, the G8 met at L’Aquila, Italy and issued a joint statement launching the ‘L’Aquila Food Security Initiative’ (AFSI), committing the member nations to a $22 billion investment over three years aimed at responding to the ‘urgent need for decisive action to free humankind from hunger.’ Of the roughly 385,000 children born on that day, many of the poorest of them would have died in infancy and early childhood. Those who survived would now be nearing the critical 1,000th day between their mother’s pregnancy and their second birthday. The 1,000 days soon to be marked by those children also marks the closing of a window in which irreversible damage can be caused to a child’s cognitive and physical development if he or she is undernourished. Fulfillment and implementation of the L’Aquila Initiative in t...

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