The following is a guest post from Natasha Adams at Concern Worldwide
First of all, a big thank you to all the ONE campaign supporters who took action as part of Hungry No More campaign. The work directly with MPs and through the petition helped push the issue of hunger high up the political agenda both in the UK and internationally. But more work needs to be done, so Concern has launched a new campaign action to push the UK to invest in smallholder farmers at the G8 and beyond.
The recent food crisis in east Africa has shocked the world. Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are still close to a billion people going hungry every night, in a world where we have more than enough food to go around. And as ONE supporters know, half these hungry people are smallholder farmers
Concern Worldwide works in 25 of the world’s poorest countries, with small holder farmers like Patricia (pictured). With the right support, we know that many poor farmers are able to feed themselves through their own hard work. And we know that support to agriculture goes beyond the farmers themselves. When farmers grow more, they eat more and better food, sell food locally and employ others, helping the whole community to thrive.
Thanks in part to pressure from civil society groups, G20 leaders pledged to put hunger at the heart of their discussions in Cannes earlier this month. And there was some positive progress – G20 leaders agreed in the need to invest in smallholder farmers. But they failed to commit to or agree on concrete solutions.
The UK is hugely influential in global development, leading the way in supporting emergency efforts to end hunger. So Concern Worldwide is calling for the UK to lead the way globally to support poor farmers to grow more, to help make hunger a thing of the past. Please join us to help to end hunger for hardworking farmers like Patricia, by emailing your MP today, to push for their party to commit to supporting smallholder agriculture through aid.
We know ONE supporters agree with Concern that hunger is an outrage, and we’ve set up a simple way for you to make a difference – email your MP today
Photo: Patricia Nakabonye lives in the Mbazi sector of Huye, Southern Rwanda. She is a widow following the death of her husband and nine children during genocide in the country during 1994. Concern Worldwide partner ARDI has given Patricia agricultural training, and provided her with a goat and cow which she uses for milk and manure. Now she is able to grow much more food and is connected to others through a farming cooperative.