Global food crisis: hunger games | Editorial

From Global development | The Guardian Sun Jan 27 2013, 17:22:39

For War on Want, food sovereignty is the only way to develop food security

Not much in politics stands out at a distance of eight years. The Make Poverty History campaign, though, lingers: 200,000 people on a march in 2005 that snaked through Edinburgh, the Live 8 concerts that reached an audience of 3 billion and then the claim of victory. Now many of the participants have regrouped to try do it again.

Last Wednesday, more than 100 charities and religious organisations - from Oxfam and Christian Aid to small student groups - launched the If campaign, a bid to re-create the momentum of Make Poverty History in the run up to the G8 summit, which Britain hosts in Northern Ireland in July. Its first hurdle will be to overcome the scepticism left by its predecessor. Then it has to win the argument about what such campaigns can achieve.

Claims of success for the last mega-movement's ambitions on debt relief and the millennium development goals were contested almost before Tony Blair and Bob Geldof were off the platform. Some of it was done. Some of it wasn't. In purely political terms, it would get, say, a five.

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