“We urge you to invest in the fight against poverty and hunger”

Tribune. Every day we witness suffering and resilience. In Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Honduras, Venezuela, Nigeria, Haiti, Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sudan and elsewhere, we help people who are doing their best to ensure their daily existence.

Every day, we work with people who are able to produce enough food or earn enough money to meet their food needs and those of their families. These people do not lack food, they are deprived of it. Conflicts and violence, inequality, the impacts of climate change, loss of land, jobs or prospects, the fight against Covid-19 which has made the situation even worse have deprived these girls and boys , these women and men of food.

Every day we see that it is women and girls who suffer the most. We share stories and evidence showing that hunger and food deprivation exist and that humanitarian needs are growing. However, this does not trigger an emergency measure or mobilization of sufficient funding.

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The widening gap between the great needs we face and the limited aid we are able to provide threatens to let go of what little hope remains. We cannot afford to give up hope.

Violence, Covid, climate change

It is human actions that cause famine and hunger, and it is our actions that can reverse the most serious consequences. We all have a role to play. But you, who run states, represent them and exercise the highest functions, you have a unique responsibility. We ask you to act now.

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We call on you to mobilize the additional 5.5 billion dollars (approximately 4.6 billion euros) needed to provide emergency food assistance to the more than 34 million girls, boys, women and men who are on the brink of famine in the world. It is now, and as directly as possible, that those who need it most should be able to benefit from this assistance which will enable them to take the necessary measures to feed themselves, today and in the future. All countries should make a full and equitable contribution, without diverting resources from addressing other urgent humanitarian needs.

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