"Zero Hunger is everyone's business" says UN food agency

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The public and private sectors are being urged to contribute to ending hunger around the world.

The message is being highlighted as the World Food Programme (WFP) opens its tenth year at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting which began in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.

It is estimated that globally more than 840 million people are affected by hunger and malnutrition.

In its Zero Hunger Challenge the United Nations is advocating for ending hunger in our lifetime.

Elizabeth Byrs is WFP spokesperson in Geneva.

"Malnutrition, under-nutrition is not just a health issue, but an economic concern as well. That's why all countries, all global companies, major companies are involved in this challenge." (14")

WFP says the business case for Zero Hunger is strong.

It cites recent studies, such as "The Cost of Hunger in Africa" which have shown that chronic under-nutrition in early childhood has a lifelong negative effect on the individual's health and future earnings and on their countries' Gross Domestic Product.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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