ONE reacts to the Department for International Development’s announcement that the UK join G8 nations, African countries, aid agencies and 45 leading multinational and African companies in a new alliance for food and nutrition.
Adrian Lovett, Europe Executive Director, of ONE said:
“This is a big contribution to a bold plan. If the G8 embraces President Obama’s initiative at Camp David, it could be the platform for dramatic progress in the fight against poverty. By getting behind African leadership, honouring their previous promises on agriculture and bringing together the efforts of companies, governments and others, the G8 will have taken an audacious step forward at this summit.
“But action on agriculture needs to be matched by determined efforts to stop the devastating impact of chronic malnutrition on children’s development. Without enough decent food, children cannot grow, learn or earn their way out of poverty.
“Three million ONE members now look to David Cameron as next year’s G8 host to ensure these commitments on agriculture are matched by a relentless drive against childhood hunger and malnutrition. That’s how we will break the cycle of hunger and extreme poverty for good.”
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ONE is a global grassroots advocacy and campaigning organisation backed by 3 million people that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For more information, please visit www.ONE.org