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Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has thanked supporters for turning out at a rally held in Hyde Park in London today, urging global leaders to fight to stop people dying through lack of food.
Mr Gates tweeted: "Thanks to everyone who came out in London today to help put an end to global hunger. You've inspired us all!"
The crowd was also played a video message from former England captain David Beckham.
After the Government committed to giving an extra £375 million to help feed the world's poorest children, Beckham said:
Film director Danny Boyle has told ITV News that a protest rally held in Hyde Park, in London today calling on world leaders to fight to stop people dying from hunger was 'a continuation' from his Olympic venture this summer.
Homeland star David Harewood insisted that "there can be enough food for everyone". Speaking at today's rally he added:
"We've already changed the diaries of the G8 leaders, we've already changed their agenda. Now we just need to remind them they need to change the world. That's why we need all of you to speak up today."
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has told ITV News that today's protest rally in Hyde Park to mark a G8 Nutrition Summit was the "momentum that saves millions of lives".
Earlier today, Mr Gates praised the UK for "leading the way" on tackling hunger.
Alongside the headline speakers at today's protest rally, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams also appeared. Dr Williams led a minute's silence "to reflect on the pain" of death by malnutrition:
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has urged campaigners to keep up the pressure on world leaders to tackle global hunger. In a video address to a rally in Hyde Park organised by the If campaign, the Archbishop said there was an opportunity to "end hunger in our lifetimes":
In a separate message to a service in Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, the Archbishop said:
The UK has committed an additional £375 million of core funding to help feed the world's poorest children, as part of a £2.7 billion global agreement.
Participants at the G8 summit, who signed a Global Nutrition for Growth deal, committed their countries and organisations to:
- Improving the nutrition of 500 million pregnant women and young children.
- Reducing the number of children under five who are stunted by an additional 20 million.
- Saving the lives of at least 1.7 million children by preventing stunting, increasing breastfeeding and better treatment of severe and acute malnutrition.
Under-nutrition accounts for the loss of billions of dollars in productivity, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today, as the government committed to giving an extra £375 million to help feed the world's poorest children.
Ms Greening said: "A strong and healthy workforce is vital if a country's economy is to prosper.
"This means business and science taking a lead in fighting for good nutrition because we understand that better nutrition is the smart way to tackle extreme poverty, child mortality and economic underachievement", she added.