By Emily Alpert, Senior Policy Manager, Agriculture, ONE
The Camp David G8 Summit is fast approaching. Organizations like ONEhave been working tirelessly to influence the G8’s thinking on food and nutrition security. We’ve asked the G8 to not only deliver on their past commitments, but more importantly, agree to do more.
At ONE, we’ve also asked our 3 million members worldwide to plant a seed of change in the heads of the G8. This “seed of change” calls on the G8 – along with African governments and the private sector – to fully finance 30 agriculture and food security country investment plans and proven nutrition solutions to lift 50 million people out of poverty and save 15 million children from stunting within the next 10 years. Our new Thrive campaign report “Food. Farming. Future.” spells out the details.
How are the G8 responding? Well, it’s a little tough to say. No formal proposals have been shared publicly, but this is what we’ve been hearing about the anticipated US G8 Proposal:
As you can imagine, this is not a lot of detail for a global initiative that is so critical for breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition. Naturally, it raises a lot of questions:
With less than 3 weeks to go, the G8 must demonstrate how it will align its endeavors behind country owned plans – this is needed to achieve greater impact, and to boost confidence in African leaders and prospective African investors – from outside and within. Africa is ready to do business and has enormous untapped potential to be a greater contributor to the global economy, but donor aid is the cornerstone to reducing investment risk – especially for reaching disparate and poor producers – and cannot be downplayed or dismissed, even under challenging financial circumstances.
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