Sheri Arnott, World Vision Canada's senior policy advisor on food
CANNES, France, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - "Tuesday's news from Greece has
again captured the attention of the world and the G-20 leaders. Since
2008, 100 million people have been thrust into extreme poverty as the
global economy faltered. The situation is complex and unjust in many
ways. But when you strip away the various views of the reasons behind
the Euro-zone crisis and the Greek referendum, one thing is clear: in
the global south, there are billions of people directly affected by the
financial crisis and the G-20's actions who won't have a direct voice
in the proceedings.
World Vision wants the G-20 to take the lead in ensuring that
agriculture and food security programs focus on better nutrition for
children. Solving fiscal deficit issues is important, but it can't be
done by ignoring development which represents just a fraction of G-20
budgets. It is immoral and unwise to put the financial future of some
children above the lives of others.
Once again, Canada has a chance to show global leadership by making sure
food security and nutrition remain on the table at the G-20, despite
this week's news about Greece. Canada has blazed the trail on child and
maternal health and was the first G-8 country to deliver on its
L'Aquila food security promises—but right now, more needs to be done. A
perfect storm of high food prices, a faltering global economy and the
worst drought in 60 years is putting thousands of children at risk of
starvation every day. Canada must step up again."
Background on the Issue
Today, the leaders of the world's largest economies will meet to tackle
global issues. G-20 nations together represent two thirds of the
world's population and as much as 90 percent of the global economy.
This group of leaders has the means and responsibility to champion a
global economic system that works for children and families living in
poverty—a system that finally eradicates global tragedies like
malnutrition, hunger, and preventable child and maternal deaths. All of
these tragedies are related to poverty, and all of them are magnified
by economic crises.
In 2008-09, people living in poverty around the world were hit hard by a
deadly combination of high food prices and a financial crisis. The
impact on poor people was clear: 100 million more people were thrust
into extreme poverty, which often means less food for households to
eat, poor nutrition for children, and fewer children in school.
The signs are here again. Fears of another global financial crisis are
looming. Food prices remain high and spiked again earlier this year,
adding 44 million more people to the ranks of the chronically hungry,
according to the World Bank. The Horn of Africa food crisis was in part
driven by higher food prices, and the international response has been
inadequate as many donor countries struggle to deal with declining
economies at home.
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SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Tiffany Baggetta at the G-20 in Cannes, France