Plan International urges the G7 to act against extreme hunger

Plan International calls on the G7 countries to intervene immediately in the global food crisis

As world leaders prepare for the G7 summit in Germany in late June, an unprecedented food crisis threatens. Plan International calls on the G7 countries to take immediate action to save lives now.

In an open letter, Plan International asks member states to contribute 21.5 billion immediately. USD. These resources are needed to reach the nearly 49 million people who are on the brink of starvation and build resilience for another 137 million. It is crucial that the funds are easily accessible, flexible and non-earmarked.

Girls are always at the back of the queue

Faisa, 13, is from Somalia. The country is experiencing the worst drought in 40 years. In several parts, people are already fearing famine. In search of food, Faisa was forced to flee her home. Now she lives in a camp for displaced people.

Food shortages have the biggest consequences for girls and young women. If there is too little food, they are often the last to be served. Faisa: “I cook and eat last. If there is not enough to eat, I do not eat. Then I’ll have to wait for the next meal if I’m lucky. “

Faisa, 13, was forced to flee her home due to food shortages

Faisa is one of an estimated 193 million people from 53 different countries at risk of malnutrition. Somalia, Ethiopia, northern Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger and Kenya are among the countries with the most severe famines.

This unprecedented global food shortage calls for swift and international action. An accumulation of crises – including the conflict in Ukraine, the climate crisis and the economic aftermath of COVID-19 – could leave five million children with acute malnutrition or even death.

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That’s what we’re asking G7

Hunger affects girls, boys, women and men differently. This food crisis is not gender neutral, so our response should not be either. Plan International asks G7 to:

  1. Contribute immediately with $ 21.5 billion to reach the nearly 49 million people who are on the brink of starvation, and build resilience for another 137 million.
  2. Fulfill the 2021 famine prevention agreements and make sure funding is gender, age and disability sensitive.
  3. Trade on time and with one no regretsapproach to saving lives, as agreed by the G7.
  4. Address the use of hunger as a method of warfare.
  5. Support governments in gender-relevant and unconditional protection and income support for the most vulnerable groups.
  6. Hold G7 leaders accountable by communicating transparently about progress and funding commitments.

That’s what Plan International does

Plan International works in countries where there is a danger of acute famine, and is stepping up its emergency aid. We distribute life-saving food and water to families in need. We distribute special pasta rich in nutrients to young children who are severely malnourished and mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, we provide money and vouchers for families so they can buy basic necessities like food, soap and medicine. But we urgently need more resources so that we can reach more children, girls and their families.

Last chance

This emergency is no surprise. In fact, we have known about impending food shortages for eighteen months. Therefore, the G7 leaders made agreements in 2021 to fight famine. A year later – despite all the promises – all agreements have not yet been met.

The forthcoming G7 summit provides an opportunity to tackle the global hunger crisis. We can not afford to miss another chance.

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