UK to give extra £375 million to help feed world's poor

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.

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PM: UK to lead hunger fight

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.