Food writers visit Rwanda to raise awareness of childhood hunger

Writer and presenter Jay Rayner and baker Ruth Clemens are travelling to Rwanda to see our work there and to witness first hand the effects of malnutrition and hunger on children.

Monday 6 February 2012

Obsever food writer Jay Rayner and baker Ruth Clemens support Save the Children

Food writers Jay and Ruth will be giving an exclusive online preview of the next phase of our No Child Born to Die campaign. They'll then help host the launch of our report 'A Life Free from Hunger', linking live from Rwanda to the event in London on 15 February. 

Thanks to the help of our tireless supporters, 2011 saw us make breakthroughs that will change the lives of millions of children.

This year our focus will be on tackling the scourge of global childhood malnutrition and hunger, because 300 children die every hour simply because they don’t have the right food to eat.

Malnutrition is the root cause of a third of all deaths in children under five. But you won't see it on their death certificates, because hunger leaves them too weak to fight off illnesses like diarrhoea or pnuemonia, which then claim their lives.

Naming a day to act

We’re calling on world leaders to put an end to this problem – and we’re asking David Cameron to name a day to tackle hunger and hold a World Food Summit while world leaders are in London for the Olympics.

You’ll be able to follow our two digital champions as they tweet and blog throughout their trip, and help them spread the word as they give an exclusive online preview ahead of the big launch of our #nameaday action on 15 February.

Jay Rayner, the Observer’s restaurant reviewer and the food presenter for the One Show, will travel to Rwanda on 11 February, accompanied by ‘manic mummy baker extraordinaire’ Ruth Clemens, runner up in the Great British Bake-Off 2010 and founder of the hugely successful baking site The Pink Whisk.