The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has told an indigenous Ecuadorean farmer that her voice and the voices of the world’s poor are critical to achieving a strong climate deal for the most vulnerable communities.
Ongoing political instability threatens to seriously undermine long-term development gains in Honduras, one of Central America’s poorest nations, says Progressio on the eve of the presidential elections there.
Progressio has welcomed a pledge by Gordon Brown to ensure the UK government spends 0.7% of national income on aid to the world’s poorest - but says says that adaption funds for climate change must also be a top priority.
The world’s 1.4 billion small-scale farmers must be prioritised for support and investment if the world is to boost food production by 70% over the next 40 years, international development charity Progressio declares.
Progressio today welcomed the UK government’s promise to meet existing aid commitments to the world’s poorest people in 2010-11, though it expressed concern at “efficiency savings” totalling some £155 million.
Small-scale farmers who rely on their land to keep families and communities fed are helping Britain’s new gardeners and allotment holders take the first steps to producing their own fruit and vegetables.