LOS CABOS, Mexico, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Today Prime Minister Harper
joined UK Prime Minister Cameron and Australia Prime Minister Gillard
to announce funding for innovative food security pilots that will
increase private sector investment. Both Prime Minister's Harper and
Cameron commented strongly during the press conference on the
importance of nutrition in this work. With 925 million people in the
world who don't have enough nutritious food to eat, this is a small
step in the right direction.
World Vision's food security expert, Sheri Arnott, says:
"We are extremely pleased that Canada has brought development issues to
the G20 table today with this announcement and has not allowed the Euro
zone crisis to completely sideline the discussions about other pressing
global issues. By including elements of nutrition in this new
Canada-led initiative, they are continuing to link together food
security and child and maternal health. Because of this, today's
announcement has the strong potential to be a complement to the goals
of the Muskoka Initiative."
"For children and families around the world who are counting on the G20
to step up and address their lack of enough nutritious food, this
announcement by Canada, the UK and Australia is a step in the right
direction. Canada has continually led on food security—being the first
G8 country to deliver on L'Aquila food security pledges and responding
quickly to the food crisis in West Africa with a $41 million
"A critical element of the AgResults work is the focus and attention
these countries are giving to hidden hunger and the global scandal of
170 million stunted children whose futures are threatened. However
these children must become a greater priority."
"The first round of pilot activities focuses on maize—and one of them
has the potential to directly impact child nutrition. The results of
this initiative will be seen over the long term: In the short term,
Canada should continue to champion global support for proven nutrition
solutions that need to be urgently scaled up to reach the most
vulnerable children and families."
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
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Media contact in Los Cabos:
Tiffany Baggetta, World Vision Canada