News You Can Use: The G20 Los Cabos Summit

You might not know it from reading the headlines, but when the G20’s Los Cabos Summit wrapped up in Mexico in June 2012, leaders of the world’s 20 most important economies had committed to more than just economic policies. They’d taken encouraging steps toward building better futures for the world’s poor.

Food security and nutrition were just two of the issues world leaders turned their attentions to – when they turned them away from the European debt crisis. The governments of Canada, the United States, Britain, Italy and Australia all backed a plan called “AgResults” to use innovative technology to help poor farmers in Africa increase food security.

Almost a billion people around our world experience food insecurity – that is, they do not have access at all times to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

Nutrition also played a prominent role in the leaders’ talks, providing hope for the 170 million children whose growth is stunted, and the 3 million children who die each year as a result of malnutrition. The G20 indicated support for the United Nations program “Scaling Up Nutrition,” designed to tackle the problem of malnutrition particularly during the 1000 days in a child’s development from birth to age two.

In a joint statement, United Nations food and agriculture agencies noted that such issues are critical because they’re about more than just keeping people well fed. “In the past few years we have seen how food insecurity can trigger instability and crisis,” they said. “This suggests that attention to food security needs to be maintained – perhaps especially so – in times of financial crisis and uncertainty.”

It’s good for children to know that world leaders are taking action on these and other global issues. Why not challenge the children in your life to think about what they might do to make a difference.

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