As part of his ongoing effort to combat poverty and promote prosperous communities, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, announced yesterday a new partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) to cut hunger and malnutrition in African countries.
Sachs' Millennium Villages initiative is a bold and comprehensive approach to combat poverty at the village level through community-led development.
“Millennium Villages will carry out the exciting interventions pioneered by WFP, and demonstrate that hunger and undernutrition can be cut decisively through proven measures in agriculture, school meals, nutritional supplementation, food-for-work programs to build infrastructure, and other powerful WFP tools," said Sachs.
Hunger and undernutrition remain an underlying cause of death for millions of children worldwide. This new partnership aims to secure universal food and nutrition access in all Millennium Village schools, and support small-holder farms' crop productivity and economic outputs.
For a detailed recap of yesterday's UN press conference, check out the blog posting by Jessica Fanzo, Nutrition Coordinator for the Millennium Villages, on the You Are What You Eat Blog.