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Nutrition for Growth Summit Results, Outcomes

On Saturday, June 8  Britain along with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and the Government of Brazil convened the Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science summit. An all-day affair experts and world leaders touted the importance of putting nutrition on the global agenda in the lead-up to the G8 summit which the UK will also host. Without an urgent scaled nutrition effort more children will die from undernutrition and will suffer from stunting which we now know is irreversible. The adult labor force in low and middle income countries will also suffer from low productivity, a critical factor when working to reach global development goals for the advancement of these countries.

90 stakeholders including 24 countries, NGOS and private sector companies signed a global agreement, the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact, to tackle world malnutrition. The first step, according to the Compact, is to ensure that at least 500 million pregnant women and children under two are reached with effective nutrition interventions, reduce the number of children under five stunted by at least 20 million, and to save the lives of at least 1.7 million children under 5 by preventing stunting, increasing breastfeeding, and increasing treatment of severe acute malnutrition. (See the Compact in PDF).

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Additionally over $4.15 billion dollars in new commitments were made to drastically improve malnutrition rates by 2020. You can read the entire list of commitments in the  Nutrition for Growth Commitments: Executive Summary. Now that the commitments have been made it’s – as always – only a matter if they will all be honored.

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You can follow the conversation at #nutritionforgrowth.

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10 Global Development Stories to be Thankful For

Typically when we think of global development we focus on everything that is wrong because the challenges are so great. Rarely are the successes celebrated because with every move towards a goal there is still so much to do.

Today we are featuring those stories that have been more about success than failure; more about moving forward than moving backward even if the net result only makes a small dent in the overall scheme of things.

    1. Female Genital Mutilation Banned Under New Somalian Constitution
    2. Path’s Sure Start Program Ensures the Reduction of Maternal Mortality
    3. Living, Thriving with HIV/AIDS: A Mother’s Story
    4. A Return to Normalcy: Mogadishu’s Lido Beach Lively Again
    5. Somalia’s Concerted Move Toward Gender Equality
    6. Men March Against Child Marriage in Liberia
    7. A Promising Trend for Data,Transparency
    8. New Fishing, Agricultural Development Project in Haiti
    9. Quick Impact Project Provides Education for Darfur Children
    10. Powering the Country With Wind Energy

What global development stories are you thankful for?

Photo: Jennifer James, Kenya