Action contre la Faim calls for the new government of Canada to make the fight against hunger a priority



    MONTREAL, Oct. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of World Food Day which
takes place on October 16, Action contre la Faim calls for a World Food and
Agriculture Partnership, in order to face the current food crisis and to
promptly help the 923 million undernourished people in the world.
    In 2007, half of the deaths of children under 5 years old were caused
directly or indirectly by malnutrition. Under the current food crisis
situation, essential foodstuffs are available on the market, but totally
inaccessible to the poor, for whom food related expenses represent up to 80%
of their revenue. Soaring food prices have aggravated an already precarious
situation. Every day, Action contre la Faim witnesses the direct consequences
of this crisis on the poorest populations. Last September, the FAO (the UN
Food and Agriculture Organisation) reassessed its estimate of the number of
people suffering from malnutrition from 854 to 923 million.
    Action contre la Faim is therefore asking the government of Canada to
show leadership and actively participate in this international consultation
initiative. Last May, Action contre la Faim called for the creation of a
Global Fund to Fight Hunger. This World Food and Agriculture Partnership is
based on three fundamental pillars: the first is creating international
coordination to ensure a better consistency of world directives and local
actions concerning food security; the second proposes the creation of an
International Group of Food Security Experts; finally the third pillar is a
facility which would allow to campaign for additional funding to confront this
crisis.
    Action contre la Faim hails the Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA)'s recent contribution of $50 million in response to the call from the
World Food Programme, as well as CIDA's new plan to allow purchases allocated
to food aid to be made abroad. However, Canada must go further in making the
fight against hunger a priority.
    The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has proposed a meeting
in 2010 to measure the progress made towards reaching the Millennium Goals
(among these goals are: halving by 2015 the proportion of people whose income
is less than a dollar per day and reducing by 2/3 the mortality rate of
children under 5).
    Action contre la Faim urges Canada to show leadership and to play an
active role within this World Partnership programme, since this initiative
could help contain the current food crisis, and be an important step towards
attaining the Millennium Goals.

    Action contre la Faim is an international, non-governmental, apolitical
and non religious organization, created in 1979, dedicated to fighting hunger
and malnutrition in more than 45 countries around the world.




For further information:

For further information: Media communications contact: Lydia Côté, (514)
279-4876 ext. 226, lcote@actioncontrelafaim.ca

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