Saturday 29 April 2017

1,000 days to find a proper cure for world hunger

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin write for the Irish Independent ahead of a world hunger conference that they are co-hosting today in New York

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

TO an outsider, Barisal, a district in Bangladesh, might look much the same today as it has for generations. But in recent years, it has undergone a transformation.

There is a health clinic where children receive vitamin A drops and mothers learn about the nutritional value of breastfeeding. There is an agricultural programme that provides seeds and training to farmers, so they plant diverse crops -- which means rice is not the only food people eat. As a result of these and other programmes, the children of Barisal are much more likely to receive the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Barisal is proof of the progress the world has made in fighting undernutrition. We now have an array of low-cost, low-tech tools that can help children everywhere -- even in poor, remote places -- to receive effective nourishment.

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