In the last century, innovation and research have been central to the unprecedented social and economic growth and development around the world. Before Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, millions of people died every year as a result of complications that today are treatable. Innovation has had a direct positive impact in many facets of everyday life, however more needs to be done in the area of hunger.

There are 925 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in seven people do not have sufficient access to food to lead a healthy active life. In fact, hunger and malnutrition are the top health risk factors— greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Each day, hunger claims the lives of 25,000 people or one every three and a half seconds, primarily among children. Progress has been made in the last 20 years, but with 925 million long-suffering people still crying for help, progress has not come far enough.