This is a situation that urgently needs to be addressed, and the Food Ethics Council supports the Enough food for everyone IF Campaign’s demands that the G8 contribute to global efforts to tackle hunger.
We also endorse the campaign’s call for the G8 to work in partnership with others to increase investment and improve the transparency, accountability and governance of key aspects of the food system.
If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million [Source: World Food Programme].
So tackling the root causes of hunger and injustice, such as demanding accountability and transparency on tax, land ownership and budgets can make a real difference to people experiencing acute or chronic hunger on the ground.
Food Ethics Council Executive Director Dan Crossley said:
“Global leaders have a moral responsibility to use their influence to alleviate hunger and poverty and fix the global food system. The Food Ethics Council welcomes the Enough food for everyone IF Campaign’s work to ensure the G8 takes that responsibility seriously.
“We also welcome the G8’s commitment to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years, through the initiative (launched at the 2012 G8 summit by Barack Obama) The New Alliance.
“We do however urge The New Alliance to ensure that it puts the interests of smallholder farmers first, listening to their views and working with them to develop the tools needed to lift them out of poverty and hunger.”
The Food Ethics Council believes that protecting smallholder farmers’ rights is fundamental to tackling global food insecurity, particularly in relation to:
The Food Ethics Council works in the UK and global policy arenas to create a fair food system, where everyone eats healthily and sustainably, and enjoys food that is produced and traded fairly and humanely.
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