Hungry for change campaign ends with 60,000 demands for action on hunger to Downing Street

7 May 2014

To mark the end of our Hungry for change campaign, a group of CAFOD campaigners have journeyed to Downing Street with over 60,000 reasons why David Cameron should act now to help end world hunger.

Throughout the campaign, you have been asking Prime Minister David Cameron for empowering aid for small-scale farmers and checks on the power of global food companies. As the campaign ended, CAFOD supporters Molly-Kate McCaffrey, Elizabeth Biggins and Angela Powell from Sheffield Hallam, Rita Bellety from Portsmouth and Stephen Bone from Westminster celebrated the collection of 60,000 demands for action from CAFOD campaigners on these issues outside Number 10.

Today marks the end of our Hungry for change campaign, but it’s not the end of our work to try and end world hunger."

Sophie Dodgeon

Feeling inspired
CAFOD campaigner Rita Belletty of Portsmouth diocese said: “To be here today celebrating 60,000 calls for action on world hunger is amazing. I organised many card signings in my parish because this is an issue that matters deeply to me and thousands of others like me. Together we’ve called out for justice in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who go to bed hungry every night. By joining together, we are so much more powerful.

"I know there’s still more to do in tackling hunger, but seeing the changes we’ve helped bring about so far is truly inspiring.”

This latest trip to Downing Street celebrates the long journey we’ve taken together during Hungry for change. For over 18 months you have joined us in speaking out against the scandal that is one in eight people around the world go hungry every day.

Great successes
We have seen some remarkable achievements:

-       Last year, as a founding member of the Enough Food for Everyone… IF campaign, we joined with 200 other organisations to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to use the G8 meeting to create positive, long-lasting changes to the failing global food system. Thousands of you attended the Big IF rally in Hyde Park, making sure your voice was heard. At the same time, leaders of rich countries met to secure £2.7 billion to tackle malnutrition between now and 2020

-       On 20 March 2013, the UK became the first G8 nation to commit to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on international development aid. This announcement has been 43 years in the making and Archbishop Desmond Tutu paid tribute to CAFOD campaigners for their “tireless work” and “steadfast refusal to accept the status quo”.

-       Earlier this year a hard won reform of EU law was agreed, requiring large publicly-listed companies in all EU countries to publish information on significant risks to and impacts on the environment and human rights, as well as measures they take to tackle corruption. Big companies are a vital part of our food system and have an enormous influence over the food that’s grown and eaten throughout the world. This development means workers, communities and consumers will have a clearer picture of how some companies operate.

Your campaigning efforts have helped bring about these changes. Thousands of you have taken part in activities and lobbied MPs to raise awareness on the issue of world hunger, such as the Hungry for change picnic, our religious lobby at Parliament and the Big IF rally last June.  

Still more to do
CAFOD’s Head of Campaigns, Sophie Dodgeon, said: “Today marks the end of our Hungry for change campaign, but it’s not the end of our work to try and end world hunger. The important progress made so far to tackle the food crisis is being threatened by the impacts of climate change. So tackling this issue is now our top priority.

“Your support throughout Hungry for change has been vital. So please unite with us again as we launch our new campaign in September to fight climate change. Our experiences with people on the ground tell us that unless we tackle this problem, it will undo all the other work to tackle poverty and alleviate hunger. But we simply cannot take on this challenge without your help.”

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