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Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign

What IF’s supporters want the UK Government to do about aid

  • The UK Government must deliver on its commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid from 2013 & introduce legislation on this issue either before or in the Queen’s Speech.
  • Through its presidency of the G8 in 2013, the UK should put pressure on the rest of the G8 & other rich nations to put more life-saving aid into sustainable small-scale agriculture & nutrition, building upon the agreement made at the 2012 G8 summit.
  • The UK & other rich countries should take major steps towards contributing their fair share of the $21.3 billion required to fill the gap in agriculture funding & to reach the $5 billion needed to pay for action on nutrition. This would collectively save more than 1 million lives every year.
  • Dealing with the effects of climate change in developing countries is vital, as it has a direct impact on food production. Developed countries have committed to deliver $100 billion by 2020 to help the developing world tackle & adapt to climate change, but meeting that target will be difficult. The UK Government must therefore take a lead in pushing for a global agreement on raising climate finances from new sources – in particular from a proposed tax on shipping fuels.

What we want the UK Government to do about land

  • The UK Government should put the issue of large-scale corporate ‘land grabs’ in developing countries on the G8’s agenda & promote action to help improve their governance, transparency & accountability. There must be safeguards to ensure that the poorest people, who could often use this land to grow food, don’t lose out as a result.
  • The World Bank should be pushed to review the impact of its funding of land acquisitions on communities & the environment & to change its policies to ensure they prevent land grabs.
  • As part of the ongoing re-negotiation of EU biofuel legislation, the UK should lobby so that no biofuels grown on land that could have been used to grow food should count towards the EU’s 10% renewable energy in transport target. The land required to grow crops in order to meet this target has led to a rising number of large-scale land grabs & an increase in food prices.
  • The UK Government should take a lead on biofuels by scrapping its own target, which states that 5% of transport fuel must come from biofuels by 2013.
  • The UK should lobby the EU to recognise in law the true extent of damaging carbon emissions caused by biofuel production, as well as the impact that biofuels have on food prices & land rights.

What we want the UK Government to do about tax

  • The UK Government should help ensure that developing countries can raise enough from taxes to tackle hunger & build a more secure food system by introducing a requirement in its Finance Bill for UK companies & wealthy individuals to report their use of tax schemes that have an impact on developing countries.
  • When such tax schemes are identified, the UK should use its current powers to notify the tax authorities of developing countries & assist in the recovery of the money they’re owed.
  • The UK should use its presidency of the G8 to launch a Convention on Tax Transparency. Under this Convention, countries would commit to preventing individuals & companies from hiding wealth so that it’s untraceable, tax havens would be required to share with developing countries any important information on hidden wealth & assets & developing countries would receive assistance in recovering taxes due to them.

What we want the UK Government to do about transparency

  • The UK Government should use its presidency of the G8 to push for greater transparency in land acquisitions, to ensure that corrupt deals are stopped & that people have the information they need to hold governments & companies to account.
  • The UK Government should support greater financial transparency from governments of developing countries, so that citizens in these countries can hold their governments to account for the money they spend.
  • The UK Government should promote greater participation by citizens in budget decision-making in G8 countries, with other nations encouraged to do the same. There should be a global agreement on publishing a full breakdown of all government income & spending in a way that’s understandable & accessible to the public.
  • The UK Government should improve corporate transparency, so that companies can be held to account by investors & the public for their actions in the food system. Under UK law, companies should be required to report on the full environmental, social & human rights impact of their business. The UK should also push for similar legislation in the EU.

Sutton for Peace and Justice is supporting the If Campaign. Further updates will be appearing on this website.

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