WASHINGTON (Nov. 6, 2017) – The global poverty-fighting organization CARE, in partnership with InterAction and 1,000 Days, is leading a new commitment to global nutrition programming, securing a $1.17 billion pledge from 13 NGOs between 2018-2020. This announcement came at the Global Nutrition Summit, held in Milan, Italy, Nov. 4, convening government leaders, foundations, civil society organizations and businesses to accelerate the global response to malnutrition.
Four years ago, 30 members of InterAction, including CARE, collaborated to promote the importance of increased funding for nutrition programming around the world. At that time, the community pledged $750 million between 2013 and 2017, and impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children across the globe. This new, more robust commitment will also be used to target actions that improve the nutrition for mothers and children in the critical 1,000-day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday.
“As a result of the 2013 pledge, CARE and our partners have helped hundreds of thousands of women and children access the nutritious food they need to survive and thrive,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “Now, progress to meet our global nutrition targets is endangered, yet the solutions are at our fingertips. To that end, I’m so pleased that CARE and our partners have made such a substantial commitment to end malnutrition in all of its forms – for good.”
A new report, State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, found that in 2016, the world saw its first increase in the number of people experiencing hunger and malnutrition in almost a decade – a number now totaling 815 million people. This report highlights that, while the number of stunted children has dropped, our progress in this area is slowing. Leaders must demonstrate a renewed commitment to take action and make the investments necessary to end malnutrition.
CARE’s history is deeply rooted in addressing food and nutrition insecurity. Solutions must focus on a comprehensive approach that integrates food and nutrition security and enables families and communities to access the food, education and resources they need to live healthy lives. By targeting all aspects of hunger and malnutrition – from agriculture development to incomes to diverse diets to gender equality – effective, comprehensive food and nutrition security programs build families’ ability to improve their livelihoods and escape poverty.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. To learn more, please visit care.org.
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