Food justice for West Africa- a special evening in Manchester

Posted by Serena Tramonti Media and Advocacy Officer

22nd Jun 2012

People will learn from a Manchester charity worker and from a Shadow Minister how families are coping with food shortages in West Africa. 

ADOAGA cooking for her family at her home village of Luga

If you are interested in Oxfam's work and want to find out more about what is happening in West Africa- and you live near Manchester- this is right up your street. 

Oxfam worker Ruby Wright, originally from Blackley, recently spent time in Chad, working with communities to face up to the food crisis affecting the Sahel region. 

Ruby Wright, Oxfam worker, getting familiar with the local donkey in the village of LugaShe will be talking about her work  on Thursday 5th July during 'Food justice for the Sahel', a special evening hosted by Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South. The event will take place at Manchester Art Gallery  - Ruby and Mr Lewis will be talking from 7pm, but you are very welcome to come for a natter and a cuppa from 6pm. 

Mr Lewis recently visited Chad with Oxfam and will give his personal account of his visit. 

Mr Ivan Lewis said: "I don't think we in Britain talk enough about the food crisis facing Chad and the rest of the Sahel region, but it's very important we understand the stakes are high in terms of helping people through this dreadful humanitarian crisis."

Currently 18m people are at risk of not having enough to eat in the Sahel region of West Africa. One of the harshest droughts in recent years is killing livestock and preventing people to grow any food. Last week the UK Government committed more money to an international fund to face up to the emergency. But more needs to be done. 

Ruby said: "People are incredibly resilient; despite the difficulties, they share what they have and work together to make sure that all the children have something to eat during the day. Still, food is increasingly scarce- 1m children are at risk of malnutrition. We cannot waste any time; we must prevent a disaster of huge proportions from happening". 

You will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition We Face Forward at Manchester Art Gallery, part of city wide celebration of West African music, literature and art. You will be able to meet the exhibition curator, Natasha Howes, as well as an internationally acclaimed Nigerian author, Rotimi Babatunde who will be reading an extract of his work. 

Whether you are an artie or a foodie, we look forward to seeing you on the night- Please RSVP Eamon Rooke on erooke@oxfam.org.uk or on 0161 2342924

Blog post written by Serena Tramonti

Media and Advocacy Officer

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