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Food event is a precious opportunity to tackle causes of hunger

November 02 2012 - Christian Aid today welcomed David Cameron’s announcement of an event next year on food and hunger, which currently afflicts some 870 million people globally.

‘The Prime Minister’s initiative is an important opportunity to attack the causes of hunger as well as its symptoms,’ said Sol Oyuela, Senior UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid.

‘The UK will be in an especially good position to influence global work against hunger next year, when it chairs the G8.

‘We are really delighted that the Government has decided to continue working on the menace of hunger, which causes needless suffering across the world.

‘We are planning to work really hard with our supporters next year to highlight the need to tackle the forces that keep people hungry, including tax dodging, climate change and land grabs – prevention is infinitely better than cure.’

The Prime Minister’s announcement of next year’s event on food and hunger came as he hosted a meeting of world leaders tasked by the United Nations with creating a new action plan on global poverty.

Ms Oyuela added that all the indicators point towards things getting worse in the months ahead for people living in poverty.

‘Widespread drought in North and South America, as well as in parts of Africa, has led to peaks in the prices of maize, wheat and soybeans. High prices impact most heavily on food-import dependent countries where the world’s poorest people live.’

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Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around some 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. We believe that the underlying causes of poverty were made by, and can be ended by, human action. Our strategy for building the power of us all to end poverty is embodied in a new report ‘Partnership for Change’: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/2012_strategy.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 125 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk