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June 04, 2015

Gates Foundation Commits $776 Million for Work on Hunger

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled plans Thursday to spend $776 million over the next six years to tackle world hunger, doubling its existing commitments on the issue, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

Announcing the pledge at a meeting in Brussels, Melinda Gates called on European leaders to prioritize fighting malnutrition in women and children, a major factor in deaths before the age of 5.

The additional Gates spending will focus on better nutrition for women and girls before they get pregnant, a key to improving maternal and child health, and promoting fortified food, breastfeeding, and other ways to raise nutrition levels. The commitment by the world's largest philanthropy also unlocks $180 million in matching funds from the U.K. Department for International Development.