Cameron 'proud' of aid spending
David Cameron insisted aid spending made him "proud to be British" as he pledged more investment to tackle global hunger.
The Prime Minister hosted an international conference in London that agreed to give an extra £2.7 billion to help feed the world's poorest children.
The Nutrition for Growth gathering backed a target of saving 20 million children from chronic malnutrition by 2020.
Opening the event - being held ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland - Mr Cameron acknowledged concerns over the UK aid budget as the country suffers austerity, but he stressed the money was a "good investment", and equivalent to just 1p from every £1 of tax paid.
Britain was "out in front" in reaching the target to give 0.7% of GDP because of the "kind of people we are", he insisted.
"We are the kind of people who believe in doing what is right," Mr Cameron said. "We accept the moral case for keeping our promises to the world's poorest even when we face challenges at home. When people are dying, we don't believe in finding excuses. We believe in trying to do something about it."
Mr Cameron highlighted Band Aid, Live8, and Red Nose Day, and the public's generous response to appeals to disasters abroad.
"It says something about this country. It says something about our standing in the world and our sense of duty in helping others," he went on. In short - it says something about the kind of people we are. And that makes me proud to be British."
The UK Government pledged up to £655 million more to tackle malnutrition, with spending in areas such as improving farming techniques, better distribution and promoting breastfeeding.
Mr Cameron admitted many people fear that the problem of hunger is "never going to be solved". But he added: "The truth is if we carry on doing things in the same way, they will beright... It's all about helping those in developing countries take control of their own destiny."