Canada has a Role in Ending the Cycle of Hunger and Poverty
Those living in poverty are hit hardest by spikes in food prices. Hunger and malnutrition make it difficult for families to work their way out of poverty. This is a devastating cycle that affects millions of people globally.
Canada increased its efforts to overcome hunger in 2009, as part of the G8’s L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (2009). But L’Aquila is over and Canada’s investment in food security is falling, despite the fact that there are still nearly one billion people in the world without enough to eat.
Canada has an opportunity to act now: Food security is on the agenda for both the G8 and G20 meetings in 2012.
Speak out if you are concerned about malnutrition and hunger. Let Prime Minister Harper know that he should call for a commitment to advance food security and improved nutrition for the world’s most vulnerable people from world leaders, at upcoming G8 and G20 summits.
Around the world food prices have been higher and more volatile since the 2008 food crisis. The poor are particularly vulnerable to rising food prices, with some groups spending over 80% of their income to meet household food needs. Hunger is a significant factor that keeps people living in poverty.
Prime Minister Harper and the leaders of the G8 and G20 have the power to stop this.
Fighting hunger works to reduce poverty – as undernourishment reduces productivity, increases susceptibility to illness, worsens school performance, reduces the willingness to undertake risky but more profitable investments and transmits itself from one generation to the next. The level of nutrition is an indicator of the resilience in a community or family to meet difficult economic times.
Please join Make Poverty History in sending a message to the Prime Minister to communicate how urgent it is for leaders of the G8 and G20 to prioritize and commit to increasing nutrition and food security for all.