Aid

Enough Food For Everyone IF we give life-saving aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves. 

Life-saving aid enables us to save and change the lives of children like 7-month-old Saamatou (pictured below) from Burkina Faso, west Africa. Aid helped make sure that she was treated for malnutrition before she suffered lasting damage.

The UK government must keep its promise to spend 0.7% of our national income on aid from 2013. It doesn't sound like much, but it's a crucial step towards putting an end to hunger.

 aid helps to save and change the lives of children like 7-month-old Saamatou

What do we want the UK Government to do about aid?

  1. The UK Government must deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid from 2013, and introduce legislation on this issue either before or in the Queen's Speech.

  2. Through its presidency of the G8 in 2013, the UK should put pressure on the rest of the G8 and other rich nations to put more life-saving aid into sustainable small-scale agriculture and nutrition, building upon the agreement made at the 2012 G8 summit.

  3. The UK and other rich countries should take major steps towards contributing their fair share of the $21.3 billion required to fill the gap in agriculture funding, and to reach the $5 billion needed to pay for action on nutrition. This would collectively save more than 1 million lives every year.

  4. Dealing with the effects of climate change in developing countries is vital, as it has a direct impact on food production. Developed countries have committed to deliver $100 billion by 2020 to help the developing world tackle and adapt to climate change, but meeting that target will be difficult. The UK Government must therefore take a lead in pushing for a global agreement on raising climate finances from new sources - in particular from a proposed tax on shipping fuels.

Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government keeps its promise on aid.

 

What did IF achieve on aid and nutrition?

  • Ahead of the UK Budget, thousands of IF campaigners called on the Chancellor to meet the UK’s aid pledge, leading to a historic commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on life changing aid.
  • Then, ahead of the G8, an additional £2.7 billion was pledged by governments and other donors to tackle malnutrition, which could save the lives of almost 2 million children by 2020.
  • We also called for investment to help poor countries adapt to the effects of climate change. Whilst the G8 repeated its promise to provide finance, it is vital that progress is made at the UN climate talks in November.
  • The G8, however, missed the chance to support the small-scale farmers that feed a third of the world’s population.

We've seen historic breakthroughs in the fight against hunger. We now need to ensure that the Chancellor sticks to his commitment and that donors stump up cash as quickly as possible. Hungry children can't wait.