Reacting to the commitments made by the UK government to tackle the global hunger crisis at the Global Food Security Summit, Callum Northcote, Head of Hunger and Nutrition at Save the Children UK said:
“Today’s summit has been crucial in getting the international attention that’s desperately needed to address the global hunger crisis. While we’re encouraged to see the UK government hosting this important event and introducing a number of initiatives that could help drive progress into ending child hunger, it’s crucial that this is sustained and built upon.
“We welcome the government’s £100 million increased funding for the immediate response to the hunger crisis that’s putting many children’s lives on the line. Our latest analysis shows that children on every corner of the world are facing one of the worst hunger crises on record – with one child born into hunger every two seconds. We’re therefore particularly pleased to see the UK’s commitment to double their funding for tackling child wasting, by providing an additional £31 million.
“It’s also a step in the right direction to see the UK announce a further £100 million to help Somalia, which has faced the worst drought in 40 years followed by devastating floods, build resilience to climate shocks that decimate people’s ability to cope and find themselves taking desperate measures to feed their children.
“We further welcome the UK’s commitment to create a new resilience and adaptation fund, which will go some way in helping mitigate the worst impacts of future crises. This is a positive first step. It must be followed through to transform humanitarian responses to act ahead of crises, to save lives and livelihoods, and reduce suffering.”
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