Global hunger: Expert calls for fresh action on child malnutrition

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Image caption Agit and Ibrahmin got the chance to interview Roger Thurow.

On Saturday 8 June, the Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a special conference in London to discuss how the world can solve the problem of hunger.

At The Petchey Academy, we had our very own model 'hunger summit'. We got the chance to hear what students in Uganda think about the issue and got to speak to a very special guest.

Roger Thurow is a very famous journalist and author. In the past 10 years, he has been researching world hunger and writing books about the topic.

A charity called Speakers for Schools arranged for him to give a talk to us and a group of students from Uganda, who were watching via video link.

Mr Thurow explained to us that there are lots of children around the world that are unfortunately malnourished. He told us the story of Hagirso, a boy he met 10 years ago during the 2003 famine in Ethiopia.

Hagirso was just five years old and was starving. He survived but the things he went through had consequences. Ten years later, Hagirso is in school but he is in a class with children much younger than him - he is also much smaller than other children his age.

'Step up'

Mr Thurow said if Bill Gates had been malnourished as a child, there was a possibility that Microsoft might never have existed and said hunger makes it harder for people to achieve their potential.

A group of students from a school in Uganda were watching Roger speak to us over a video link and they asked him some questions.

It was really interesting because we found out what the students in Uganda thought and cared about.

Ibrahim and Agit, both 14, then got the chance to interview Mr Thurow while the rest of the students were discussing their ideas for tackling world hunger.

He told us he wanted western leaders to "step up and take the initiative" to help solve the problem of hunger. He also explained that he hoped students at our school would be inspired to think of ways they could help.

Agit and Ibrahim felt nervous to interview their guest but then were really confident as they progressed through their interview. It was actually quite fun!

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