Today a group of 100 UK-based NGOs launched the “IF” campaign on food and hunger. A successor to the 2005 Make Poverty History Campaign, and targeted at this years’ UK-hosted G8, the campaign argues that there would be enough food for everyone IF four things happen:
IF we give enough aid, IF we “stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries”, IF we “stop poor farmers being forced off their land” including for biofuels, and IF “governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food”.
These are clearly topics that large NGOs have found resonate with the UK public, and on which they have been campaigning for some time.
What do you think of their list? What would be on your list?
For me, a recent set of blogs on Business Fights Poverty provides a good set of priorities, not included in the IF campaign: creating jobs, meeting the financing needs of smallholder farmers, scaling innovative cross-sector agriculture partnerships; supporting producers’ access to markets through Aid for Trade; tackling the barriers to financial inclusion; empowering women farming entrepreneurs; catalysing more innovation at the base of the pyramid.
What else do you think is needed to tackle hunger?
Its not just about enough food.
Its about enough of the right food, so the focus also needs to be on nutrition and fortification etc
In general I'm a proponent of collaboration within the development sector so it's a great list of priorities. It's encouraging to see a campaign supported by 100 different NGOs.
If it were me, I might look for ways to get non-NGOs collaborating on the campaign as well. Rallying all stakeholders behind the cause might make a bigger statement in the public sphere. But that's a considerably different undertaking than what this campaign has set out to accomplish.
Overall a good follow-up to Make Poverty History.
Millions of poor people would rather stay right there because it attracts "HELP!" (emotional bursts rather that purposeful or meaningful mentorship). We all recognize the old adage that ends "… but teach me to fish, you've fed me for life"
What the poor need – No! What 'WE' need to make a part of our everyday life is the commitment EACH to take 'ONE PERSON (or group) AT A TIME,' spend the quality time it takes (even years) learning about and mentoring, growing with, teaching, playing with, gently releasing into the deep. That poor person becomes a support for a sibling, family or a community. Multiplied effect. Just do your part but we will never eradicate poverty or hunger completely.
Campaigns by NGO'S won't feed anybody in Africas arid areas - changing the agri-cultural mindset needs much more as a "Green Revolution".
Dr.Rudolf Steiner the Founder of Bio-Dynamic Farming and Anthroposophy has 1924 shown the way forward
since 1994 his "secrets" are known to many thousand small scale farmers in East-Africa
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