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Olympic focus on global hunger a winner!

May 23 2012 - Following Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement today of a food security event during the Olympics, Sol Oyuela, Christian Aid’s Senior Political Adviser, said: ‘It’s great news that the UK will be hosting a major event on food security during the Olympics, when the world’s attention will be focused on this country.

‘We’re delighted that the UK has seized the Olympics opportunity to lead global efforts to tackle hunger and hope that the event will help galvanise political and public support for action to help millions.

‘At a time when the number of hungry people in the world is rising for the first time in a generation, it’s more urgent than ever that we make the food system work for people living in poverty. There is enough food for everyone to have what they need but more than one billion people are still hungry. 

‘Aid is helping to tackle hunger - and we also need action to deal with its deeper causes, such as climate change and inequality. The UK’s Olympics event is a major opportunity to achieve progress on that front.’

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1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

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