UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has welcomed David Cameron’s announcement of an event next year on food and hunger, which currently afflicts some 870 million people globally.
"The British Prime Minister’s initiative is an important opportunity to attack the causes of hunger as well as its symptoms," said Sol Oyuela, Senior UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid.
"The UK will be in an especially good position to influence global work against hunger next year, when it chairs the G8," she added.
"We are really delighted that the Government has decided to continue working on the menace of hunger, which causes needless suffering across the world," said Ms Oyuela.
"We are planning to work really hard with our supporters next year to highlight the need to tackle the forces that keep people hungry, including tax dodging, climate change and land grabs – prevention is infinitely better than cure," the Christian Aid spokesperson declared.
The Prime Minister’s announcement of next year’s event on food and hunger came as he hosted a meeting of world leaders tasked by the United Nations with creating a new action plan on global poverty.
Ms Oyuela made it clear that all the indicators point towards things getting worse in the months ahead for people living in poverty.
"Widespread drought in North and South America, as well as in parts of Africa, has led to peaks in the prices of maize, wheat and soybeans. High prices impact most heavily on food-import dependent countries where the world’s poorest people live," she said.
* Christian Aid: www.christianaid.org.uk