The G8 leaders invested money in reducing world hunger when they met in Camp David last week, but they undermined their own good work by continuing to ignore the elephant in the room – fashionable but flawed biofuels.
At the stroke of a pen, this significant contributor to recent world food price spikes could be tackled and precious funds could be used in improving famers’ and particularly women’s livelihoods. Instead, the money is having to be spent on helping millions of people in the south that have been pushed into hunger as a result of the northern hemisphere’s biofuel policies.
The International Monetary Fund, the OECD, the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, even the B20 – the leaders of the world’s biggest businesses – have called for governments to stop supporting biofuels.
Leaders will now start setting their sights on the next big Summit – the G20 in Los Cabos, Mexico in June – where food security will once again be discussed. By pushing for biofuels to be tackled there, David Cameron and the G20 more generally could really make a difference for the world’s poorest people.
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