Yesterday I wrote about charity help in Nepal a year after the earthquake. About the need for help around the world following disasters. Today it is about something similar but also at the same time, very different. It’s about twenty two well known chefs writing to the Prime Minister:
It’s a scandal that in 2016 over 3 million children will needlessly die because they don’t have enough food, simply because of where they were born
That because of geography three million children will die. Not because of disease but because they don’t have enough to eat. South Africa has just had its lowest rainfall in a year since 1904 and the impact of that is huge. In fact it is huge across all of Africa with 32 million people now described by the World Food Programme as “Food Insecure”
Ken Hom (OBE), celebrity chef, author and Action Against Hunger ambassador, said
For 40 years I have cared passionately about food. It’s an absolute travesty that in this day and age a child dies from hunger every 10 seconds simply because they don’t have access to nutritious food. That is why I am joining chefs across the country who are uniting to turn our passion for food into a voice for change.
Later this summer in Rio world leaders will gather at the Nutrition for Growth summit to celebrate progress in the fight against child malnutrition and to make new commitments to drive the world towards an end to malnutrition within a generation.
Malnutrition is responsible for 45 per cent of preventable child deaths – making it one of the world’s most significant development challenges. Yet it remains vastly under-resourced, receiving only 1 per cent of all global development assistance.
That has to change, doesn’t it?
This is the letter that the chefs wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to help:
To Prime Minister David Cameron,
It’s a scandal that in 2016 over 3 million children will needlessly die because they don’t have enough food, simply because of where they were born. At the same time, in the UK too many children suffer from irreversible health issues as they are affected by being overweight or obese.
Millions are being robbed of their potential because of malnutrition, both here at home and abroad.
As chefs, our lives revolve around food. We are fortunate enough to operate in a world where we are constantly thinking about what and when we are going to eat, but in many countries children are constantly wondering if they are going to eat.
Every child deserves the best start to life. Ensuring that every child can achieve their dreams – no matter where they are born – starts with good nutrition. That is why we are calling upon you Mr Cameron, as Prime Minister, to ensure the highest level of political attendance at this summer’s Nutrition for Growth summit and tell the world how you plan to improve the lives of children, both here and abroad.
We are looking to you to pledge an additional £530 million for nutrition to fulfil your election promise to bring better nutrition to 50 million women and children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
It’s time to shift the world onto a path of action to meet the global goal of eliminating malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, providing a healthier and brighter future for the next generation of children.
Nieves Barragan Mohacho
Nutrition is the most basic building block of life. Without it children cannot live happy, healthy lives. Despite there being enough food to feed every person in the world, millions of children are unable to access the nutrition they need to survive and thrive
And that’s a scandal that needs addressing now.