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Concern's statement on £119m package on preventing famine
On its first day, we are pleased to see the FCDO pledge £119 million to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people avoid famine and combat the coronavirus. This is a good start for the new department which we hope signals the beginning of a longer term commitment to tackle global malnutrition.
Due to the pandemic, there has been an alarming rise in child malnutrition, leading to an additional 10,000 child deaths each month. And this year, the number of people facing extreme hunger is expected to double to 265 million. To prevent a lost generation, we must scale up efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition, starting with the UK government renewing its commitment to help 50 million women, children and adolescent girls to improve their nutrition, which runs out this year. This must be backed up by a multi-year investment that would truly signal that FCDO is focused on being a force for good around the world.
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