This week 100 charities came together to launch a joint campaign to tackle the hunger trap.
From watching my twitter stream and seeing some great bloggers involved and watching this momentous event was humbling.
As a layperson, the idea of this collaboration, that this is such a fundamental issue, that this issue which has been elevated by so many, means that this truly is a call to action.
It is sometimes easier to hide behind confusion and mixed messages.
But here, today, the message is clear.
Our government must use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries.
The ‘IF’ movement challenges the Prime Minister to tackle 4 big IFs to help there be enough food for everyone:
IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars.
IF governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers.
IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger.
IF we force governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food. Taking action on the 'corporation tax gap' by multinational companies alone would enable developing countries to raise enough revenue every day to save the lives of 230 children under 5 currently dying because of malnutrition.
‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ is the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005.
This campaign aims to highlight that in a wold where there is enough food for everyone it is not acceptable that hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025.
“Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes to
bed hungry. We can stop mothers from starving themselves to feed their families. We can save
lives. We can do all of this, IF we are prepared to do something about it. IF we challenge our leaders
to take action. IF they listen to us. It’s time the world’s decision-makers came to the right decision on
hunger. It’s time to end the unnecessary suffering caused by the failure of the current food system.
We can make hunger a thing of the past IF we act now.”
Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu
IF enough people join us in showing support for ending hunger, world leaders will be forced to act.
Please take part at www.enoughfoodif.org