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Nutrition Summit Pledges Are Improvement, But More Must Be Committed To Improve Food Security

Noting “an additional $4.15 billion was pledged directly in support of nutrition through 2020” at the recent Nutrition for Growth summit in London, Benoît Miribel, president of Action Contra La Faim-France (ACF), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, “So while the new pledge of $4.15 billion over the next seven years is a significant improvement, it represents less than half of [the $9.6 billion The Lancet estimates] is required annually to provide essential nutritional support for 90 percent of the populations affected by undernutrition.” In addition, “ACF has three major concerns with the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition,” Miribel states and outlines the three issues, including nutrition, land rights, and transparency and accountability. He concludes, “Finally, because private investments alone will never succeed in eradicating hunger, ACF calls on the G8 leaders and other donor governments to renew their commitments to public investments in agriculture that delivers food and nutritional security in ways that are accountable to their citizens” (6/17).