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UNITED KINGDOM **28 Jul 2012 British Prime Minister convenes hunger summit
(**Est.date) British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to corral the 100-plus heads of state visiting the Olympics in London

July 28, 2012 - NULL

UNITED KINGDOM **28 Jul 2012 British Prime Minister convenes hunger summit
(**Est.date) British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to corral the 100-plus heads of state visiting the Olympics in London from Jul 27 and wring a commitment from them for a new push to feed the planet. His initiative builds on an alliance for food security and nutrition launched at the G8 summit in May. The Cameron plan faces the same obstacles as other hunger initiatives - broken promises. His announcement shows that there is a quid pro quo for nations that receive help.

A 2010 survey from Britain's The

UNITED KINGDOM **28 Jul 2012 British Prime Minister convenes hunger summit
(**Est.date) British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to corral the 100-plus heads of state visiting the Olympics in London from Jul 27 and wring a commitment from them for a new push to feed the planet. His initiative builds on an alliance for food security and nutrition launched at the G8 summit in May. The Cameron plan faces the same obstacles as other hunger initiatives - broken promises. His announcement shows that there is a quid pro quo for nations that receive help.

A 2010 survey from Britain's The Economist reports that official aid will total US $107.4 billion this year, 35 per cent more than in 2004, but US $21 billion less than was promised in 2005 by leaders of the world's main donor countries amid big anti-globalization protests.

The focus will be on "how good governance and private sector investment can help improve access to food and nutrition," according to the Cameron statement. "For countries to receive help they need to show a real commitment to transparency and good governance. And in return they get substantial support to generate private sector investment in food production."

An earlier hunger summit hosted by the White House in the United States also stressed reliance on private sector solutions.

Britain's Guardian newspaper asks whether it will be no more than a public relations exercise for the prime minister while the eyes of the world are on Britain during the Olympics, or whether it could result in "a genuine effort to tackle the global storm of climate change, pressures on land and water, high and erratic food prices and rising consumption."

The Guardian says NGOs will be looking for concrete commitments to: putting a stop to the spate of land grabs in poor countries by large international companies lured by high commodity prices and the prospect of future scarcity; tackling the perverse impact of biofuels which are "ousting hundreds of thousands of small farmers from their land;" and greater investment in some 500 million small farms that billions of the poor rely on for sustenance. (WRITTEN JUNE 2012)

RELATED READING:

London 2012: David Cameron to hold hunger summit during Olympic Games (Guardian 23 May 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/may/23/london-2012-hunger-summit-olympic-games?newsfeed=true

Is the UK hunger summit anything more than an Olympic PR exercise? (Guardian 6 Jun 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/may/31/uk-hunger-summit-olympic-pr

Red Cross report: 15 per cent of the world in hunger (Red Cross 22 Nov 2013.
http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/News/2011/September/Red-Cross-report-15-per-cent-of-the-world-in-hunger

Date written/update: 2012-07-28