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Food Security Is Key To Global Security, Says WFP Head

Published on 21 May 2012

"No issue is more urgent, or more foundational to other development goals, than getting maternal and child nutrition right,” Cousin said.

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As NATO members gathered in Chicago to discuss global security challenges, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin gave a keynote speech at the “1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History” event, highlighting how food security and nutrition are the basis of economic and global security.

CHICAGO -- WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin joined nutrition policy advocates in championing political will to end malnutrition in her keynote address at the “1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History” summit today in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Hosted in partnership with Thousand Days, Feeding America, Concern Worldwide, and local Chicago organizations, the summit brought together leaders in the fight against hunger and malnutrition – both in the United States and around the world – to garner support for the importance of nutrition in the first thousand days of a child’s life.

At a time when NATO members were gathering in Chicago to discuss global security challenges during this year’s  summit, Cousin described food security and nutrition as the base of economic and global security.

“No issue is more urgent, or more foundational to other development goals, than getting maternal and child nutrition right,” Cousin said.

Cousin emphasized that getting the right food at the right time to mothers and children is a proven, cost-effective way to ensure humanitarian food assistance makes the biggest impact – and to make sure the next generation achieves its full potential.

“What we have today is an opportunity to change a generation,” Cousin said.