Trócaire joins Irish and UK development agencies in brand new, high-profile campaign.
Launched today, in Dublin, Belfast, London, Cardiff and Edinburgh, ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ challenges world politicians to take the necessary steps to end the scandal of hunger.
Caption: Launch of IF campaign in Belfast today
Right now 870 million people – one in every eight people on the planet – do not have enough food, while over 500 million are considered obese.
Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, Malaria and TB combined. A lack of food keeps children out of school and prevents communities from developing.
But what if things were different?
What if we acknowledged that there is enough food for everyone?
What if we decided to overhaul the food system to make sure that nobody went hungry?
Trócaire is taking part in a new campaign is asking these very questions. The Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign is the biggest coming together of Irish and UK development agencies since Make Poverty History in 2005.
There is enough food for everyone:
- IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger, and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers.
- IF we stop big companies dodging taxes on the profits they make overseas, so that the poorest countries have the resources and infrastructure to free themselves of hunger.
- IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, not to grow biofuels for cars.
- IF we force governments and big corporations to be honest and open about the actions they take that stop people getting enough food.
In the past 10 years more than 50 million children have started going to school in sub-‐Saharan Africa, global deaths from measles have fallen by almost 75 per cent, 50 per cent fewer women die in childbirth and two billion more people have access to clean water.
Real progress is being made, but there is so much more to do.
Small scale farmers, who produce most of the world’s food, are suffering from lack of investment and the devastating impacts of climate change.
Trócaire has been campaigning for strong climate legislation in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to ensure that both governments play their part in tackling the climate crisis so that our actions do no further harm to those in developing countries most severely impacted by climate change.
In the first six months of 2013, the island of Ireland will hold both the Presidency of the European Council and the G8 summit. This is our chance to make our voices heard.
This is our chance to ask the question that can change everything: what if?