David Cameron said Britain must "lead from the front" and help beat world hunger. He spoke ahead of a protest rally in Hyde Park which demanded the G8 act on the issue. Bill Gates and Danny Boyle addressed the rally.
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."
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:
Thinking about these unnecessary deaths, there should also be righteous anger. Fury that the injustice of hunger has gone on too long.
And so at the end of our silence, we must make a huge noise, to signify that we will never be silent on the things that matter.
– Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
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":
We've come to celebrate the opportunity we have to end hunger in our lifetimes.
The only way that's going to happen is by mass movements of people, like yourselves, getting together.
In a separate message to a service in Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, the Archbishop said:
In many parts of the world, the churches are the most effective networks, through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively and without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries.
My prayer would be that in this country and across the world, that we are deeply committed to enabling people to be self-sustaining, so that global hunger can be ended in our lifetimes.
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.