The Poor are Hardest Hit by the Recession: ICA International Supports World
Food Day and the 'Stand Up and Take Action' against Poverty Campaign

MONTREAL, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite talk of gradual economic recovery from the global recession, the World Bank estimates that the economic crisis has added 64 million people to those living on less than $2 a day. With an estimated increase of 105 million hungry people in 2009, there are now 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world, meaning that almost one sixth of all humanity is suffering from hunger (UN FAO).

For these people living on the margins of survival, a global 'recovery' means little. Indeed, innovative programs - programs enabling the poor to lift themselves out of poverty through their own initiatives - are needed now more than ever.

This year, millions of people around the world will Stand Up and Take Action to show their support for the fight against poverty. With only six years left to the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals, concrete action needs to be taken urgently to alleviate poverty and create sustainable solutions for the world's poorest.

ICA International, based in Montreal, supports UN World Food Day and the Stand Up and Take Action initiative. Since 1977, the Institute of Cultural Affairs International (ICA International) has been pioneering unique participatory approaches to advance human development and alleviate poverty. The organization has worked with over 100,000 people, on projects in over 50 countries, with issues ranging from poverty relief, hunger, women's empowerment and children's education to HIV/AIDS, small business development and forest preservation.

According to Robert F. Goheen, President Emeritus of Princeton University and former Ambassador to India, "The scale of the problem is enormous and no fast fix is at hand. But ICA's approach is exactly the approach needed to get the resources of the globe focused and directed to the right places".

For more information about ICA International and its fight against poverty please visit:


For further information: For further information: Audra Rényi, Development & Communications Officer, (514) 875-7111, ext. 223,

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