Ophelia Wach

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Topic Area A | Tackling the global issue of child malnutrition through social reform, food production and distribution of Lunch

According to WHO statistics, around 1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight, while 462 million are underweight. Malnutrition is challenging populations around the globe as it is still the root cause for millions of deaths of children each year. Bearing in mind the severe effects of undernutrition on survivors, malnutrition is also considered to be the major obstacle in economic development.

This is one of the reasons why the WHO is striving to reach the 2015 sustainable development goal of zero hunger. In the light of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025, the WHO has held three International Conferences on Nutrition. Canada participated vividly in those discussions and underscored its commitment to engage in the eradication of hunger. Considering infections as a main catalysator of malnutrition, Canada recently increased its contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by 20 percent to $785 million for the period 2017 to 2019.

However, Canada not only seeks to combat diseases, but also works intensely towards efficient food...