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Bread for the World Commends U.S. Leadership on Global Food and Nutrition Security but Says G-8 Declaration Falls Short

Washington, DC, May 21, 2012

Bread for the World is disappointed that during the recent G-8 Summit at Camp David, MD, leaders of the world’s richest countries failed to secure a solid commitment to maintain funding levels to reduce hunger and malnutrition.  

“We are pleased that the United States and President Barack Obama followed through on their L’Aquila promise but disappointed that other leaders weren’t equally committed to improving the livelihoods and nutrition of the world’s most vulnerable people,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We also thank President Obama for his announcement of The New Alliance for Food Security, which holds great promise for stepping up progress.” 

President Obama announced the Alliance during a speech Friday at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. It was the first speech on hunger delivered by a sitting president.  

At the G-8 Summit three years ago in L’Aquila, Italy, President Obama led efforts to invest $22 billion by 2012 to improve agriculture and food and nutrition security in the world’s poorest countries. The United States is on track to fulfill its commitment, but other G-8 countries are lagging behind—only 58 percent of the total amount has been distributed. Advocates for hungry and poor people around the world hoped G-8 leaders would agree to fulfill existing pledges and re-commit their efforts at the Camp David meeting over the weekend.  

“G-8 leaders also missed an opportunity to recognize the efforts of 27 developing countries to improve maternal and child nutrition through the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) movement,” said Beckmann. “Looking ahead, we call on world leaders to set a global target to improve food and nutrition security—especially during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday. This should be high on the development agenda for the G-20 Summit in Mexico, and for next year’s G-8 Summit in the United Kingdom.” 

Bread for the World Institute’s new analysis of the G-8’s food security and nutrition efforts, “From L’Aquila to Camp David: Sustaining the Momentum on Global Food and Nutrition Security,” can be downloaded at http://ow.ly/b08wU.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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