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Friday, 11 November 2011

EU urged to give more priority to tackling malnutrition

Adressing a high-level conference on tackling malnutrition, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy insisted that the international community do more on global malnutrition. Given that the 7 billionth citizen recently saw the light of the day, Van Rompuy wondered whether this child would grow up in a healthy environment and whether the earth would be able to feed it.

EU Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner Georgieva added that a failure to address malnutrition could lead to the non-achievement of six of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A Brussels Briefing in June 2011 discussed the fact that malnutrition is either directly or indirectly responsible for approximately half of all deaths worldwide. In the presence of the new Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, food policy experts and international researchers outlined the problems in today’s food policy and the way to tackle them.