Updated: Thursday, 23rd October 2014 @ 6:42am

Fight against world hunger backed by Manchester City Council, the first in UK to support campaign

Fight against world hunger backed by Manchester City Council, the first in UK to support campaign

By Mancunian Matters staff

The fight against hunger will be boldly supported by Manchester City Council, who are the first UK city council to join the likes of Bill Gates and Desmond Tutu in backing a new international campaign against hunger.  

‘Enough food for everyone IF’ warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is actually enough food to feed everyone.  

Manchester is the first city council to support the campaign, which has been launched this week by the largest coalition of Britain’s leading development charities and faith groups since Make Poverty History in 2005.  

Charities are warning that hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025 and that action needs to be taken to make sure that there is enough food for everyone on the planet.

Manchester councillors will be publicly showing their support for the campaign alongside campaigners and volunteers by holding a giant IF banner outside Manchester Town Hall. The event will be taking place today in Albert Square from 11am.  

Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester City Council is proud to be one of the first councils in the UK to support this campaign. It is important that we get the message across that nobody in the world should go hungry today and that the G8 presidency is an opportunity to make vital changes.”

‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries.

It urges the Prime Minister to take actions in four main areas: stopping farmers being forced off their land, ensuring governments keep their promises on aid, taking action on big companies avoiding tax in poor countries and forcing governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food.

Councillor Murphy added: "I am really looking forward to meeting the local charities and campaigners- Manchester has an incredible history in terms of campaigning for social change. It is always great to see the passionate people of Manchester coming together to fight poverty and world hunger.”

Enough Food for Everyone IF is a coalition of 100 organisations and counting which have joined together to campaign for action by the G8 on the issue of global hunger.

This year won’t be the end of hunger, but it could be the beginning of the end.

Picture courtesy of FMSC, with thanks

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