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MPs seek information on world hunger

22 October 2021

The International Development Committee has invited a panel of experts on the issue of nutrition to inform its work ahead of an international summit on the subject to be held in Japan in December.

Purpose of the session

According to United Nations figures, nearly 9 per cent of the global population – some 690 million people – are hungry.

The Committee is keen to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global nutrition levels and the role of UK development aid in tackling malnutrition – including the impact of recent cuts to the UK aid budget.

MPs on the Committee will solicit the witnesses’ views on what the priorities should be for the December 2021 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit - a global summit with the aim of generating pledges and commitments from donors to combat malnutrition.


Tuesday 26 October 2021

At 2:30 pm: 

  • Professor Claire Heffernan, Director, London International Development Centre (an academic international development consortium)
  • Dr Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (a Switzerland-based foundation tackling malnutrition)

At 3:30pm (approx):

  • Dr Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (an international development organisation)
  • Dr Morseda Chowdhury, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, BRAC (an international development organisation founded in Bangladesh)
  • Grainne Moloney, Senior Nutrition Adviser, the United Nations childrens organisation, UNICEF

Further information

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