Setting the course for a world without hunger
The conference Setting the Course for a World without Hunger - Dialogue on the Role of the G7 took place in Berlin (Germany) in February 2015. It saw the launch of the Berlin Memorandum on Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallholders which forms the basis of demands to the German government from a broad alliance of civil society, private sector and scientific parties within the context of the G7 presidency and the G7 summit meeting at Schloss Elmau in June. The Berlin Memorandum is the result of a consultation process with partners from Burkina Faso, India and Ethiopia. It comprises key action points and demands which are fundamental for the global fight against hunger.
There are still more than 800 million people suffering from hunger. Most of them live in the countryside and still obtain their food from small farmers. In order to achieve results in the fight against hunger, the position of small farmers must, therefore, be strengthened politically and financially on three levels. This includes the rights of small farmers, for example to land and water, that are currently insufficiently secure. Secondly, there are few incentives to create supplementary income opportunities in rural regions - these need to be increased. And thirdly, the diversity of ecosystems as a condition for successful small farmer activity is seldom protected, which needs to be changed. The full document can be found here.
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