Since the food crisis in 2008, ActionAid supporters all over the world have been fighting hunger. Here are a few highlights from a campaign that has already mobilised hundreds of thousands of ActionAiders worldwide.
Enough Food for Everyone...IF
- In January 2013 ActionAid joined with over 100 organisations to demand an end to the scandal of hunger. We believe that there is enough food for everyone, if we tackle some of the key causes of hunger, including stopping poor farmers being forced off their land, and growing crops to feed people not fuel cars. Read more about the campaign.
Campaigning to end UK biofuels targets
- Over 12,000 ActionAid campaigners contact the Department for Transport urging them to put the brakes on increasing the amount of biofuel in UK petrol and diesel.
- Campaign success! The government responded by announcing a freeze to biofuel targets at 5% by 2014. Read more on the announcement.
Tanzania 2012: Supporting the community in Kisaware
- In 2006, Sun Biofuels took land the size of 11,000 football pitches from a community in Kisaware, Tanzania, to grow biofuels. ActionAid supporters sent messages of solidarity to the villagers affected.
- In April 2012, following months of pressure by the community, ActionAid and supporters the villagers were granted access to their ancestral graves and existing wells, one of their key demands and an important victory.
Kenya, September 2010: Saving the Dakatcha forest
- ActionAid discovers that 50,000 hectares of forest are to be turned into a biofuels plantation
- We mobilise supporters in Kenya to protect the forest and save 20,000 residents from being displaced
- Find out more on the ActionAid Kenya website
United Kingdom, Summer 2010: The HungerFREE summer
- Ahead of the UN poverty summit, 18,000 ActionAid supporters deluge the Secretary of State for International Development with emails, photo-petitions and phone calls
- The coalition government calls tackling hunger a 'tremendous priority' and releases £1.1 billion over three years to help
- Watch the video
United Kingdom, January 2010: Zero Meals per Gallon
- Over 12,000 ActionAid campaigners contact the Department for Transport urging them to put the brakes on increasing the amount of biofuel in UK petrol and diesel
- They responded by saying they would not commit to massive increases in biofuels use just yet
- The campaign continues... take action now
Rome, November 2009: President Lula gloves up
- 180,000 ActionAid and Avaaz supporters take action to make G8 leaders deliver on a $20 billion pledge
- Campaigning pressure opens doors for us to hold them accountable to their promise
- Brazil's President Lula dons HungerFREE boxing gloves to show his support
- World Food Summit 2009
Tanzania, October 2009: Stopping the biofuels land grab
- ActionAid Tanzania put pressure on their government to take action against biofuels-inspired land grabs
- Tanzanian authorities put a moratorium on future biofuels investment until a sustainable biofuels policy is in place
- Read about it in the New York Times