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Advocate against global hunger :)
The Senate vs. Hunger :)
Please click the link below to send an urgent message to your senators. Ask them to make sure the Senate Appropriations Committee fully-funds the president’s request for a $1.36 billion investment in smart, targeted global agricultural investments that will stop hunger in its tracks.
Your message to Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad:
Help build global momentum to end hunger by asking the authors of the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill, Senator Patrick Leahy or Senator Judd Gregg, to support full-funding for the President’s request for $1.36 billion in global agricultural development funding.
Your senators need to hear from you now, because next week, the Senate will make critical decisions on funding for poverty-fighting initiatives. At the same time, Barack Obama and other major world leaders will gather in Italy for the G8 Summit, where they will decide how to respond to sky-rocketing food prices that have already pushed 100 million more people into poverty, caused widespread hunger, and destabilized countries around the world.
Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has made significant cuts to President Obama’s budget request for global agricultural funding. If we can convince the senate to reverse those cuts, it will generate tremendous pressure on other world leaders to make similar life-saving investments.
The need is staggering. The number of hungry people in the world is on the rise, from 915 million in 2008 to 1 billion in 2009. Last year, more than 140,000 ONE members called on the G8 to take emergency action to combat the global hunger crisis and to invest in agriculture. The U.S. and other G8 nations responded with emergency aid and now, President Obama is seeking longer-term solutions to help the world’s poorest people grow more food and stop the spread of hunger. But he needs the Senate’s help, and that won’t happen unless we make our voices heard.
The urgency is clear and in the face of escalating hunger, the current global response is nowhere near sufficient. In the 1980s, 18% of development assistance went to agricultural development, helping small farmers in the developing world – a majority of them women – grow more food and even lift their families out of poverty. Today, that investment has dropped sharply to less than 4%.
Together, we can reverse that dangerous downward trend and make sure last year’s devastating food crisis never happens again.
Click below to take action and ask your senators to invest in global agriculture and challenge the rest of the world to address the root causes of hunger.
U.S. Senior Government Affairs Director, ONE.org
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