Manchester first UK City Council to support the IF campaign

24th Jan 2013

Manchester is the first UK City Council to join the likes of Bill Gates and Desmond Tutu in supporting a new international campaign against hunger .

'Enough food for everyone IF' warns of the human and economic cost of hunger in a world where there is actually enough food to feed everyone. 

Manchester City Council is the first Council in the UK to support the campaign, which has been launched this week by the largest coalition of Britain's leading development charities and faith groups since Make Poverty History in 2005.   

Charities are warning that hunger and malnutrition in childhood will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025 and that action needs to be taken to make sure that, in a world of plenty, everyone in the world has enough to eat. 

Dozens of Manchester councillors, campaigners and volunteers will be publicly showing their support for the IF campaign on Friday morning outside Manchester Town Hall. The event will be taking place on Albert Square at 11am.   

Deputy Leader of the Council, Sue Murphy said: "Manchester City Council is proud to be one of the first councils in the UK to support this campaign. It is important that we get the message across that nobody in the world should go hungry today and that the G8 presidency is an opportunity to make vital and much needed changes" .   

'Enough Food for Everyone IF' calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK's G8 presidency in 2013 to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries in four main areas: stopping farmers being forced off their land, ensuring governments keep their promises on aid, taking action on big companies avoiding tax in poor countries and forcing governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food. 

Councillor Murphy concludes: "I am really looking forward to meeting the local charities and campaigners- Manchester has an incredible history in terms of campaigning for social change. It is always great to see the passionate people of Manchester coming together to fight poverty and world hunger". 

More information about the campaign can be found at: www.enoughfoodif.org 

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Notes to editors: 
For more information contact Serena Tramonti, Oxfam Media Officer (North) Tel: 0161 234 2922/ Mobile: 07825780651 / 
Roger Williams, Press officer at Manchester City Council on 0161 234 1010