This week, two American leaders, Howard Buffett and Ambassador Tony Hall, took a public stance on the crisis in the Horn of Africa, urging the US government to ramp up their food aid efforts. Mr. Buffett, a ONE board member and philanthropist, wrote about the importance of small farmers in helping to fight hunger in the Huffington Post. An excerpt from his piece:
“For the past three years I have called for a doubling of our country’s commitment to food assistance just to stay even with our historical giving levels. Even this falls short of meeting the demand created by drought, floods, disease and earthquakes. With a billion people going to bed hungry every night and another billion on the edge of food insecurity, it is difficult to believe that we will run out of opportunities for Mr. Henry’s coalition to meet its revenue targets.”
And Ambassador Hall, a ONE supporter and former congressman, tells the US government to “live up to its promise” after the 1984 famine. “Why in God’s name are they cutting funding for emergency food aid in the middle of a famine?” he asks in his op-ed:
“In my former role as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN World Food Program I visited dozens of refugee camps in crisis zones all over the world, and Dadaab is the best run camp I have ever seen. It’s clear that the money that the U.S. has spent on this crisis so far is being used well. We have actually learned and improved since 1984, but if we pull back now all of this is at risk. Now is not the time for deep cuts to emergency food aid.”
It’s great to see that prominent Americans are speaking up on hunger in this time of need. Please take a moment to read each of these pieces on the Huffington Post and share them with your social networks.