Action aid Sierra Leone has announced that together with a coalition of civil society groups, they will be actively campaigning against hunger in Sierra Leone.
This revelation was made during a press conference held at Actionaid’s office at Lumley, west of the capital.
The Actionaid director, Tennyson Williams, said this campaign against hunger was an international campaign “which is contributing to a global campaign to target all leaders including the Sierra Leone government”.
Miss Sylvia Goba from Actionaid pointed out that, “hunger has contributed to the high maternal morbidity and infant morbidity rate in the country and has also exposed women to all degrading conditions”.
She also stressed the right of women to inherit and own lands as a way to end hunger.
Mr Francis Weber, representing the Sierra Leone Alliance against Hunger, said the government had committed itself to eradicate hunger by 2015. He pointed out that even after these pledges by almost all other governments there had been an increase in people living in hunger.
He argued that Sierra Leone could be self sufficient in three years giving the land resources and the conducive environment but noted that this could only be possible if every Sierra Leonean would be committed not just to talking and pledges.
Actionaid holds that it was over ten years since world leaders gathered in Rome and declared that it was intolerable and unacceptable that 800 million people were hungry and that these leaders made a global commitment to reduce the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015.
Actionaid points out that the reality is that there are now 852 million people suffering chronically from hunger in the world today.
The hunger campaigners added that on May 19 the President of Sierra Leone pledged that “no Sierra Leonean should go to bed hungry”, which is in line with Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals which seek to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
Actionaid directs that the achievement of increased agricultural productivity and hence reduced hunger lies in the enhanced support to rural small scale farmers and not support to multi national Companies; promotion of trade liberalization. And give subsidies to poor rural farmers especially women.
The campaign, which is dubbed “HungerFREE”, will be launched on Saturday.
Actionaid assures that it will continue to work to achieve global change through human rights objectives that are focused on three key areas: strengthening the right to food, ensuring women have the right to inherit and own lands, and promote corporate accountability of transnational corporations whose policies reinforce hunger.