World Vision Media Relations Director
World Vision Media Relations Manager
Washington, DC (May 18, 2012) — President Obama's new food security and nutrition initiative announced earlier today is a welcome and significant step in the right direction, but the real success of the alliance will hinge on how successfully G8 leaders focus their investments on improving nutrition and engaging smallholder farmers.
"We are pleased to see the President take a significant step forward to launch a food and nutrition initiative to lift 50 million people out of poverty," said Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S. "But leaders won't be able to claim success in 10 years if this alliance grows economies but not children."
Since the G8 leaders met last year, a devastating famine tore through the Horn of Africa and now 18 million people in West Africa face hunger. The New Alliance has the potential to help underdeveloped countries improve their resilience to stop these kinds of cyclical crises from repeating themselves in the future, but there are three key factors that must happen in order for this initiative to claim victory in 10 years.
"In these challenging economic times, it's still important to remember those who desperately need help. The Alliance will require true accountability to ensure that millions around the world can give their children a healthy start to life," added Mr. Stearns.
"Greater private investment is needed, but so is greater investment from developing country governments and donor countries. This investment is required in both agricultural development and basic health services for mothers and children if we are to ensure adequate nutrition for all children. While an opportunity was missed at this summit, the G8 must quickly develop and embrace an ambitious nutrition target to prevent malnutrition and stunting among millions of children."
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