We need the UK to sign the Hunger Charter
This year's staggering food price hikes may have put the lives of up to 400,000 children around the world at risk. In places like East Africa price increases are especially devastating.
But the crisis was predicted and preventable. Along with other charities we've developed a Charter to End Extreme Hunger.
The Charter sets out specific actions that governments should take to stop widespread starvation as a result of something as drought, high food prices and conflict. We want all governments to sign up to it.
We need Britain to sign. Help us make this happen.
We've already made progress thanks to Save the Children’s campaigners who contacted more than three quarters of MPs during a recent campaign action.
As a direct result international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has said he is ‘fully supportive’ of the aims of the Charter – demonstrating the real impact of campaigning.
We now need the government to turn words into action, to take a lead and sign the Charter helping to end extreme hunger.
What you can do
- Sign our petition asking David Cameron to sign the Charter now.
- Represent your area in our #66cities campaign: find out more
What is the Charter to end Extreme Hunger?
The Charter calls on governments to take life-saving measures to protect children around the world.
It outlines five key action points for Governments to take action.
The means to prevent such suffering as we are seeing in East Africa right now are within our reach – all governments have a responsibility to act to make sure this never happens again.
The 5 key action points are:
- Fixing the flaws of the international emergency system.
- Supporting local food production
- Services and protection for the poorest
- Food everyone can afford
- Reduce armed violence and conflict
The means to prevent the current tragedy in East Africa were within our grasp. This crisis was predicted and therefore preventable.
Women and children dying of hunger is unacceptable. Extreme hunger has prevented in some areas of the region through investment in social protection and investment in agriculture.
However, too little was done and prediction did not translate into action. As a global community, we must ensure that this never happens again.
The Charter is supported by the following organisations: Oxfam, ONE, World Vision, Africans Act for Africa, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Tearfund, Action Aid, IMC, American Jewish World Service, Women’s Refugee Commission, West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) Regional Secretariat, Eastern & Southern Africa Farmers' Forum (ESAFF), The Eastern Africa Civil Society Forum (EACSOF), The Legal Resources Foundation, Channel 16