Tell President Obama: Keep Your Promises on Global Hunger
We live in a world that has the capacity to produce food for everyone - and yet every day, more than one billion people around the world are forced to resort to eating only what they can scrounge with their meager resources. Every day, over 25,000 people die from hunger-related causes. This is simply unconscionable.
This week the leaders of G8 and G20 countries will meet in Canada to discuss some of the world's most pressing issues -- issues like global hunger and food security. Please take just a minute to tell President Obama that we must put food security and global hunger at the forefront of the discussion.
Today, more than one billion people are suffering from hunger -- one in every six people around the world. Each day hunger and hunger related causes take the life of 300 young children. At the 2009 G8 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, you and other world leaders pledged decisive action to fight the increase in world hunger that resulted from the sharp rise in food prices and the economic crises. We support your efforts to dramatically increase support for small farmers, women in particular. The $1.8 billion in assistance you have requested for agriculture, food security and nutrition is an important down payment, a start to address the global crisis of hunger.
We urge you to keep the promises made in Italy. This will require working closely with Congress to ensure that your budget request is fully appropriated. We also ask that you encourage other members of the G8 and G20 to do their part as well. Without immediate and urgent action, millions of people will continue to suffer from hunger and our chance to reclaim progress towards the Millennium Development Goals will be lost.
Please don't let the world's vulnerable communities get left behind.
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