Bread for the World Urges G-8 Leaders to Meet Global Food and Nutrition Security Commitments
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Washington, DC, May 17, 2012
As world leaders gather for the G-8 Summit at Camp David, MD, on May 18-19, Bread for the World is urging them to fulfill their $22 billion pledge to reduce global hunger and improve food and nutrition security.
“In 2009, G-8 leaders committed to the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). We are calling on those same leaders to reaffirm and fulfill their commitment,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Despite the recession, the United States is on track to fulfill its pledge, but many donors are falling short.”
AFSI is beginning to reverse decades of neglect of agricultural development in low-income countries. As part of the AFSI, more than $9 billion was committed to agricultural-related programs. Feed the Future (the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative) and U.S. contributions to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program make up this country’s commitment.
“The United States has long played a vital role in mustering political will and resources to bolster food security. The Camp David G-8 Summit provides an extraordinary opportunity for the U.S. government to continue to make the case for coordinated agriculture development and to highlight its commitment to achieve global food security,” said Beckmann. “The United States should support the efforts of developing countries to focus on achieving greater food self-reliance, productivity, and food security, and to reduce chronic hunger and child malnutrition.”
President Obama took the lead in the 2009 G-8 and Bread for the World is asking the administration to be the frontrunner again in 2012 and urge the G-8 leaders to reaffirm their commitment to agriculture and food security. Bread also is calling on G-8 leaders to prioritize child malnutrition as part of their food security discussions.
A new analysis of the G-8’s food security and nutrition efforts, “From L’Aquila to Camp David: Sustaining the Momentum on Global Food and Nutrition Security,” can be downloaded at www.bread.org/institute/papers/briefing-paper-17.pdf.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
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