The World is Hungry: As Leaders Converge at G8 Summit, Plan Canada Launches Global Food Crisis Report; Announces $750-million Funding Initiative

    TORONTO, July 7 /CNW/ - The effects of the global food crisis can be felt
throughout the world, but none are more threatened than the world's
chronically poor - more than 850 million people - who are already spending
half to two-thirds of their income on food. As the world's most powerful
leaders gather in Japan for the latest G8 summit, Plan Canada launches The
World is Hungry, a white paper examining the food crisis and identifying
urgent actions that must be taken to address the root causes and ensure
long-term sustainable solutions to this humanitarian disaster. The report's
executive summary is available for download at, while the full
report will be released to coincide with the first day of the summit on
Monday, July 7th. Report recommendations include:

    -   Establishment of a global 'food fund',
    -   Increased funding to agriculture sector,
    -   Prioritizing gender inequality as a fundamental determinant to the
        food crisis,
    -   Child protection focus implemented into all food crisis programming.

    Over the next five years, Plan will invest $750-million in food and
income security programming. This program will have three major components:
advocacy and awareness building to bring changes, resource mobilization for
various interventions on the ground, and programmatic interventions in ten
severely affected countries. With over seven decades of development experience
- Plan already works in 13 of the 30 countries that are on the World Food
Program's Global Vulnerability Index (GVI) 2008 - Plan's goal is to reduce the
immediate and long-term impact of an ongoing food crisis on communities, and
expects to reach over 5 million people through this initiative.

    About Plan Canada
    Plan Canada is part of Plan, an international, humanitarian,
child-centered development organization with no religious or political
affiliations. Plan works with 13 million children and their families in 49
developing countries. Gender equality is a principal guideline for all Plan

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For further information: Media Contact: Tiffany Bourré, The Idea
Workshop, (416) 504-3977 ext. 28, Cell: (416) 540-8433,

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