'Mass movements of people' needed to end hunger, says Welby

By staff writers
June 8, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has urged campaigners to keep up the pressure on world leaders to tackle global hunger.

In a video address to the Big IF rally in Hyde Park today, the Archbishop said that there was an opportunity to act for change now.

He declared: "We've come to celebrate the opportunity we have to end hunger in our lifetimes."

"The only way that's going to happen is by mass movements of people, like yourselves, getting together," the spiritual head of the Church of England and the 78 million worldwide Anglican Communion emphasised.

In a separate message to a service in Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, connected to the events, the Archbishop added: "In many parts of the world, the churches are the most effective networks, through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively and without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries.

"My prayer would be that in this country and across the world, that we are deeply committed to enabling people to be self-sustaining, so that global hunger can be ended in our lifetimes," Archbishop Welby concluded.

'Enough Food For Everyone IF' is a joint coalition of over 200 UK organisations campaigning for action to eliminate the causes of hunger.

Its key message is: "There is enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people do not have enough food. This year, world leaders must tackle hunger and save millions of lives."

Ekklesia supports the campaign, but argues with War on Want, the TUC and others that further action is needed, including action to secure 'food sovereignty' for the poorest.

* Ekklesia briefing, 'Hunger can be ended: but how and by whom?' - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17926

* The Big IF: http://enoughfoodif

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