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Campaigners in food for all call
9:21am Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
YORK campaigners are adding their voice to a national movement aimed at exposing the worldwide food poverty “scandal”.
Development charities and faith groups have launched Enough Food For Everyone IF to raise awareness of the fact that, despite the world having enough food for everybody, childhood hunger and malnutrition will leave almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025 and cost developing countries £78 billion over the next 15 years.
The group is challenging the G8 world leaders’ collective to act on issues including stopping farmers being forced off their land, keeping aid promises, preventing companies dodging tax and ensuring “honesty” over business deals in the poorest countries.
The York campaign, including representatives of Just York, Christian Aid and CAFOD, was launched in Coney Street yesterday.
Maurice Vassie, chairman of the Christian Aid Group in York, said: “The IF campaign aims to tackle the root causes of hunger and poverty, and if we join together, we can push for change to ensure there’s enough food for everybody.”
Fellow York campaigner Joyce Pickard said: “We have to make people aware that, all over the world, people are starving and dying of hunger because of unjust trade and an unjust economic system, and that we can do something about it.”
More information about the campaign can be found at enoughfoodif.org