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Hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025, according to a major new campaign, launched by Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups. On 25 January Canterbury Diocese and charities including Christian Aid will be gathering with a large banner to launch ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF, the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005.
The group warns that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, the scandal of children growing up hungry also imposes a grave economic burden on the developing world, costing £78 billion over the next 15 years.
In its first report out today, the group which numbers 80 organisations and has the backing of philanthropist Bill Gates and Desmond Tutu, warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is enough food to feed everyone. Other high profile supporters include actors Bill Nighy, Keeley Hawes and Bonnie Wright, musician Baaba Maal, athletes Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson and England rugby legend Matt Dawson.
As well as the 937 million children and young people (aged 15-40) whose life chances will be permanently damaged by the impact of childhood hunger by 2025, the report estimates that malnutrition will cost developing countries an annual $125 billion (£78 billion) in lost economic output by 2030.
Great strides have been made in reducing poverty and 14,000 fewer children are dying each day than in 1990. But hunger is threatening to reverse these achievements. Hardworking poor farmers, especially women and their children, and vulnerable and ordinary people everywhere face the highest food prices in a generation. In the UK, the numbers of people using food banks has risen sharply. Climate change is making things even worse.
The campaign calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to 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 ensure there is 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 close loopholes to 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.
Emma Kevan, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Kent said
‘I visited Sierra Leone last year and saw extreme hunger first hand and how vital urgent action really is. This gathering of representatives from different organisations across the area demonstrates how widespread the support for such a campaign is and marks the beginning of a year of campaigning where hope is turned into action.’
The Rt. Rev Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover commented:
“It is shameful that in 2013, childhood malnutrition and hunger is still endemic. God created a world with enough resources for everyone to flourish and it is down to us, as the people entrusted to look after this planet, to ensure all our resources are used wisely.
‘The Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign recognises that childhood hunger is entirely avoidable and calls on each one of us to play our part in forcing governments and multinationals to behave responsibly.”
Enough Food for Everyone IF launch events will be taking place in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as regionally in more than 24 key towns and cities.
IF enough people join us in showing support for ending hunger, world leaders will be forced to act. Join us at www.enoughfoodif.orgEnds
For more information and a copy of the report please contact: Rosie Venner (0207 523 2362).
Notes to editors:
Photocall: Friday 25th January, 1030am, Southside of the Cathedral. Attendees will be: The Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, the Archdeacon of Maidstone, the Director of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Network, Julian Brazier MP, and a selection of local supporters from across the 100 charities and agencies taking part.
If you will be sending a photographer please contact Jennifer Ross on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 459 401
About Enough Food for Everyone IF:
Enough Food for Everyone IF is a coalition of 80 organisations and counting which have joined together to campaign for action by the G8 on the issue of global hunger. The last time we worked together at this scale was for Make Poverty History. Now that the G8 group of world leaders are returning to the UK, we are demanding they take action on hunger. 2013 won’t be the end of hunger, but it could be the beginning of the end. Join us at www.enoughfoodif.org
Current Members of Enough Food for Everyone IF:
- A Rocha UK
- Action Against Hunger UK
- Action Aid UK
- Africa UK
- Age International
- British Humanist Association
- Care International UK
- Christian Aid
- Church of England
- of Scotland
- of Aid and Development Agencies Northern Ireland
- Comic Relief
- Concern Worldwide (UK)
- Congregational Federation
- Disability Aid Abroad
- Eco-Congregation Scotland
- Excellent Development
- Fairtrade Foundation
- Fair Trade Wales
- Fields of Life
- Food for the Hungry UK
- Global Poverty Project
- Global Student Forum
- Himilo Relief and Development Association (HIRDA UK)
- Humanitarian Centre
- Interpal – Helping Palestinians in Need
- Islamic Relief
- Justice and Peace Scotland
- MADE in Europe
- Mercy Corps
- Methodist Relief and Development Fund
- National Union of Students
- Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS)
- North East Call to Action
- Oxfam Ireland
- Partners for Change Ethiopia
- Positive Runway: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread
- Positive Women
- Rainbow Development in Africa
- Restless Development
- The Salvation Army
- Save the Children UK
- Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)
- Scottish Episcopal Church
- Scottish Fair Trade Forum
- Scotland Malawi Partnership
- Send a Cow
- Smile International
- Soil Association
- SPEAK Network
- Think Global
- Trust for Africa’s Orphans
- UNICEF UK
- United Reformed Church
- Vegan Society
- Wales Africa Community Links
- Wales International Development Hub
- War on Want Northern Ireland
- World Jewish Relief
- World Vision
- Y Care International
- Zambia Diaspora Development Network