Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Global Food News: World Hunger Summit to be held at close of London Olympic Games
The Olympic Games place a focus on the pursuit and achievement of physical excellence. As I'm sure you're well aware, this year's Games, held in London, began on July 27th and run through August 12th, and have featured many shining moments for the participating athletes and their respective fans. In addition to providing patriotic spectators with an inspiring display of the human capacity to achieve greatness through perseverance, endurance, and dedication, this year's Olympics is also serving as a platform through which to raise awareness of and address the global hunger crisis.
On August 12th, after the marathon on the last day of the games, the UK government has organized a World Hunger Summit. This forum, during which attendees will discuss potential solutions to the malnutrition and starvation faced by nearly 1 billion of the earth's people, will build upon the foundation of the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, unveiled at the 2012 G8 summit. The NewAlliance seeks to help 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through sustainable agricultural growth. Attendees to the World Hunger Summit will include nonprofits such a Save the Children and Oxfam International, celebrity spokespeople, and a governmental representative from Brazil, the host of the next Olympic Games.