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There are currently an estimated 195 million children suffering from malnutrition around the world, according to the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who have launched a campaign "Starved for Attention" to reignite interest in a perennial problem which they say is preventable.
 
Malnutrition can be linked to a number of causes, such as erratic rainfalls, failed harvests or as in Africa's Sahel region, where child malnutrition is currently on the rise because of the so-called annual "hunger gap" when staple food crops are exhausted before the next harvest.
 
The problem is however compounded by the politics surrounding global food aid programmes, with critics concerned that supplies donated consist of nutritionally inadequate fortified corn-soy flours that fail to provide the nutrients young children need most. 

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Although foreign aid is high on quantity, critics denounce double standards, saying the quality of what is donated would never be given to its own hungry.
 
On today's show we will be asking: Do international food donors really provide sustainable aid or are they actually part of the problem? How can the West really help the world's poor to beat malnutrition?
 
We will be talking to MSF nutritional director, Stéphane Doyon in Paris, award winning photographer Jessica Dimmock who collaborated with MSF on their "Starved for Attention" multimedia campaign in Milan, and David Prettyman, the deputy director of Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems at International Relief and Development (IRD) in Washington DC.

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Source: Al Jazeera