Washington, DC, November 19, 2012
A new report issued today by the Bread for the World Institute reveals the extraordinary progress many countries around the world have made in achieving the development goals they agreed to 12 years ago. However, programs that support these efforts could be derailed, depending on the outcome of ongoing U.S. negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The United States is the largest provider of poverty-focused development assistance programs in absolute terms. These effective programs are at risk in these negotiations.
The 2013 Hunger Report: Within Reach—Global Development Goals, calls for a renewed push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline and urges a focus on ending hunger and extreme poverty in a post 2015 development framework and set of goals.
“In a world with more than enough food, hunger is absolutely unnecessary. Unfortunately, it is a reality in both developing and developed nations around the world—including the United States,” said Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World Institute. “We know that it is possible to end hunger and extreme poverty. We call on President Obama to set a goal and work with Congress to enact a plan to end hunger here in the United States and to rally the global community to agree to a new set of development goals.”
While the progress in achieving the MDGs is encouraging, it is uneven and much remains to be done. The 2013 Hunger Report outlines current and future challenges. Meeting those challenges will depend on strong leadership, effective institutions, and partners committed to working together. The report also proposes that the next set of goals should include a target to reduce stunting—an indicator of malnutrition among young children—as well as the vulnerability and inequality that causes stunting.
“The Hunger Report guides World Relief’s work. It is a tool for putting boots on the ground, for how we do our work, and what we prioritize,” said Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief. “It is a hopeful movement and a hopeful report because it tells us the world is changing. Often we are overwhelmed by statistics, but there has been progress and that energizes us.”
Speaking during the launch of the 2013 Hunger Report today were Hon. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Tanzania’s ambassador to the United States; Stephan Bauman, president & CEO of World Relief; Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for Global Food Security, U.S. Department of State; and Rev. Beckmann. Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, radio and television journalist at Voice of America, moderated the discussion.
“We need youth to take the lead in promoting food security, environmental sustainability, and economic opportunity to end global hunger,” said Pape Samb, President and CEO of Phelps Stokes Group, who attended the launch. “Bread for the World Institute’s 2013 Hunger Report is a positive first step towards achieving this task.”
The 2013 Hunger Report and supporting materials are available at www.bread.org/hungerreport.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118