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Famine Prevention and Mitigation Position Paper
Every child, every woman, every person has the right to nutrition and today millions of children, women
and families live in contexts at risk of famine. Most recently, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen have experienced crises levels that have pushed their food,
nutrition, and health systems and indicators to the brink and sometimes beyond.
Children are most at risk in these situations and face a greater risk of severe malnutrition and death in early
childhood. These crises also produce irreversible, life-long consequences steaming from poor physical growth, brain
development and learning capacity. Responding to famine must focus – first and foremost - on protecting children and
their rights, including (but not limited to) their right to nutrition.