A coalition of more than 30 non-governmental organisations launched the "Roadmap to End Global Hunger" on February 24th at Capitol Hill. The Roadmap provides a description of specific activities, suggested funding levels and inter-governmental coordination needed to successfully alleviate global hunger.
If the steps are implemented, then world hunger could be cut by half by the year 2015. All that is needed is the political will.
The Roadmap calls for the following key elements:
- Strengthened emergency response to better address short-term hunger needs.
- More flexible safety nets to mitigate the impacts of shocks on vulnerable populations.
- Improved nutrition programs to ensure that people in the developing world have access to the nourishment needed to lead healthy lives.
- Expanded programs to enhance the productivity of smallholder farmers, which is critical in addressing chronic hunger.
Nine individuals, including two Members of Congress, spoke on behalf of the organisations committed to implementing the Roadmap to End Global Hunger.
- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.)
- Ambassador Tony Hall
- Carl Leonard, chairman, Alliance for Global Food Security
- David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World
- Ken Hackett, president, Catholic Relief Services
- Karen Sendelback, president and CEO, Friends of the World Food Program
- Nancy Lindborg, president, Mercy Corps
- Charles MacCormack, president and CEO, Save the Children