Did you know the Olympics isn’t the only gathering of world representatives happening in Rio de Janeiro this August?

On the day before Opening Ceremonies, world leaders will gather at the Nutrition for Growth event, an important step in solving the olympic-sized problem of world hunger and malnutrition.

Never heard of Nutrition for Growth?

The Nutrition for Growth Summit was first hosted by the UK government when they held the 2012 Olympics in London. The initiative led to 94 governments, UN agencies, civil society and private companies endorsing the Global Compact on Nutrition which pledged more than US $4 billion to tackle undernutrition. It also outlined specific targets to be achieved by 2020, specifically to:

  • Ensure that at least 500 million pregnant women and children under two are reached with effective nutrition interventions;
  • Prevent at least 20 million children under 5 from being stunted;
  • Save at least 1.7 million lives by reducing stunting, by increasing breastfeeding, and through the treatment of severe acute malnutrition

World Vision also made a commitment, pledging nearly US $1.2 billion toward nutrition-specific interventions, like micronutrient supplementations, appropriate breastfeeding and managing malnutrition, as well as nutrition-sensitive interventions, like food assistance, agriculture and livelihood development.

This year, Brazil is continuing this legacy by hosting the 2016 Nutrition for Growth Summit. The event on August 4 is a golden opportunity for world leaders to make new or improved commitments to creating a hunger-free world.

We need to show world leaders that ending hunger and malnutrition is a priority.It is unacceptable that globally, 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry and that malnutrition claims lives of 3 million children under age 5 every year.

Let’s call on world leaders to increase financial investments in nutrition, scale up interventions that are proven to work, and target the most vulnerable in the hardest places to ensure the right start and a #hungerfree future for all children!

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About Alissa Sandoval

Alissa Sandoval is a Creative Writing and Social Media Fellow for World Vision’s HungerFree. She studied Journalism and Integrated Media at Biola University in Southern California and lived in Haiti for 8 and a half months after she graduated. Telling people’s stories is her passion! She believes all have been created in the image of God and are therefore priceless. California raised, replanted in Seattle, you can find her outdoors either paddling around in a kayak, horseback riding, hiking Rattlesnake Ledge, or sampling Washington’s best coffee.