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UPDATE! 300 children die of hunger, every hour of every day. Can you please help Save The Children's work to stop this - and sign their petition?

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 15-May-12 12:02:51

Save the Children have asked us if we can help them change the fact that 300 children die of hunger, every hour of every day - even though there's enough food in the world for everyone.

What do you think? There's a petition here which they'd love you to sign - but they also want your thoughts on what they should be telling the G8 (the annual gathering of first world governments), who are meeting next week and actually have the power to change things.

So, if you could change the world so that no child died for lack of food - what would you do? Please do post your suggestions or questions here, and don't forget to let us know if you've signed the petition.

If you want to help spread the word about this via Twitter, Facebook etc - please feel free to use the hashtag: #breakthechain with #G8 if you want.


FaceForRadio Tue 15-May-12 14:05:32


ripsishere Tue 15-May-12 15:59:41

Me too. It is scandalous.

MomOrMum Tue 15-May-12 16:05:14

Signed after the live webchat with Glenys Kinnock yesterday.

It is sickening that we live in a world with problems of obesity in some countries and malnutrition in others when there is enough food for everyone.

Sashlett Tue 15-May-12 16:05:23

Hi there, I've signed the petition. It's really unfair that some children don't survive simply because of where they are born. There is enough food in the world and it's up to world leaders to take action!

amyagnew Tue 15-May-12 16:15:50

I've also signed. This campaign is so important because not only does it try to ensure that children have enough food, but also that children have enough of the right food. Without this, their bodies and minds can't develop properly. It's unthinkable what it would feel like as a mother to not be able to feed one's child properly.

VagolaJahooli Tue 15-May-12 18:12:41

Signed, developed countries should be paying fair prices for produced from third world countries, it shouldn't be a matter of whether we can afford, if we can't we change the way we live so we can. Demanding that we pay so little for chocolate and coffee that the farmers and produces of these products resort to child labour and even slavery to keep prices down is unbelievable. If we pay fairer prices farmers will be able to make better profits and pay workers a fair price, giving them a better chance to live a decent life and feed their kids.

oricella Tue 15-May-12 18:37:44

I will be signing, but I am not entirely sure the petition is asking for the right things: it is not so much a matter of agriculture producing more food, or even more nutritious food; or of producing fortified foods. I'm not even sure that setting a specific global target will help - meeting existing goals (MDGs mostly) will go a long way towards breaking the chain. The issue that needs to be addressed is about getting the right foods available in the right places - that is either going to be by making food available that comes from elsewhere (which is not really a long term solution; big business would no doubt make a profit out of big orders of fortified shreddies) or by focussing on finding ways for communities to live in environments that are increasingly short on water, face desertification or are subject to the unpredictable impacts of a changing climate. I wish I knew how we could achieve that though.

Lots of these things will be discussed in Rio next month. If the G8 was serious about ending child nutrition DC would get himself over there and make some real commitments on sustainable agriculture and on safeguarding our natural environments.

I've signed, and linked to the petition on FB too

gazzalw Tue 15-May-12 21:32:59

Should be ensuring that the food when delivered to Developing World Countries is actually stored correctly to be used/distributed as intended rather than having to be discarded because it's mouldered in inappropriate storage.

Iggly Wed 16-May-12 06:35:22

I saw a picture recently of piles and piles of wheat which was rotting in India. It was rotting because they'd had a bumper harvest.

However India has a lot of poverty. Now why the hell was that food not being distributed to those in need?! I suspect the answer is profit.
Petition signed.

Iggly Wed 16-May-12 06:37:59

rotting wheat

Because the deficit is more important than people dying from malnutrition hmm

catonlap Wed 16-May-12 10:11:49

Signed and shared link

fallingandlaughing Wed 16-May-12 11:37:28

I don't know what the solution is, but something needs to be done. The proposals on the petition all seem reasonable.

All I can do is sign the petition, I don't know what else to suggest. It is a very important campaign.

LindsayWagner Wed 16-May-12 13:34:59

I've signed. I think we need to make damn sure we hit the MDGs for a start. And agitate here to counter the 'we can't afford to feed other people's children when they can afford to have a space programme' narrative that's infecting discussion of ALL aid to developing countries.

Crumblemum Wed 16-May-12 13:36:16

I hate the way things seem to go in an out of fashion. A couple of years ago while our economy was booming the economy gave loads of space to stuff like this and green issues, now just radio silence. So tough to stay engaged. Thanks MN for the prod - will sign now.

StarbellySneetch Wed 16-May-12 13:41:45

Going to sign now - echo Crumblemum, thanks for reminding us about this stuff MNHQ: it's hard to keep it in the front of your mind while things are a bit grim here. But we have to.

Katn Wed 16-May-12 13:53:31

"During the two day G8 Summit that you are attending, more than 14,000 children will die as a result of malnutrition."

So dreadful

catwomanga Wed 16-May-12 14:07:38

I've signed because, as Geldof said, no child should have to go to bed hungry, let alone starve. But everyone seems to be skirting round the real issue of why these children are starving in the first place.
There needs to be greater education of the personal responsibility of birth control. We are a planet of 7 billion and counting, and if we don't take a sympathetic, ethical course of action, the problems Westerners think of as "over there" will be apparent over here too. We are all consumers.

Some factoids from

•1983 Year that world grain production per person began to decline(
•1985 Year that humanity's demand for resources first exceeded supply(
•1989 Year that world fish catch per person began to decline(
•Only 17% of the world's population lives in industrialized countries
•The average life expectancy is 61, up from 40 in just 50 years. The numbers of people 65 and older make up 10-15% of the world population today and is expected to increase to 20-30% by 2050.

painterlyswoosh Wed 16-May-12 14:09:48

Shocking picture of the rotting wheat. It makes no sense at all.

Thanks for the reminder MNHQ

TheStandard Wed 16-May-12 14:10:17


Haven't read the linked article, but I suspect the 'rotting wheat' stuff in India is down to massive corruption in local & national politics there. Not that that's a reason not to give development aid to India - it is a reason to keep an eye on corruption and transparency in governments though.

I know it's not directly related to nutrition, but I'd be very glad to see the G8 coming together with tough measures to address massive tax avoidance by Western corporations in developing countries. Might give some of them a chance to set up functioning food distribution programmes of their own.

bronze Wed 16-May-12 15:30:56

Can someone tell me what the tick box at the bottom says as I'm on my phone and it's half covered. Thanks

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-May-12 16:07:08

bronze - it says "To keep costs low, we may email you about how you can help our work, unless you tick the box."

bronze Wed 16-May-12 16:39:54

Thank you

PuzzleRocks Wed 16-May-12 18:55:32

Signed and shared.

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Wed 16-May-12 19:17:08

What would you do ?

I'd ask MNHQ to very kindly have this thread on discussions of the day tomorrow

And ask us all to remember that our actions really can save the lives of young children in developing countries.

Thank you !

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Wed 16-May-12 19:22:37

And yes, I've signed the petition to DC.

What dates next week is the G8 summit meeting ?

What else can we do MNers ?

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Wed 16-May-12 20:53:55

Bump !

Am sad to see such long gaps between posts on this thread sad

Surely we can get more than 27 posts for such an important issue, and with the potential to influence decision makers next week - and make a difference in young children's and families lives around the world ?

Nyx Wed 16-May-12 21:08:33

Have signed.

Hopezibah Wed 16-May-12 21:10:05

I wrote about this topic a few years ago and vowed to do something with my letter but didn't get around to doing as much as I should have done. Here it is. I hope it will inspire the world to take action.

Let's make this the generation that ends child poverty!

FaneFeyre Wed 16-May-12 21:10:23


ej23 Wed 16-May-12 21:33:22

Signed and shared on fb.

Nubianqueen Wed 16-May-12 23:39:44

Signed and shared.

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Thu 17-May-12 08:51:24

MNHQ - For example you could swap this thread with

"Putting on make-up - OK in public ?" in discussions of the day

Or any of the other four vital considerations !!

How about it ?

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Thu 17-May-12 09:54:22

Meanwhile would be good to see this thread continue with



New morning bump !

GentleOtter Thu 17-May-12 10:06:36


Zhx3 Thu 17-May-12 12:48:22

Signed and shared

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 12:51:32

Would it be poor form to post in one of the busier areas directing people this way wards?

wigglesrock Thu 17-May-12 12:59:43


swearytramp Thu 17-May-12 14:29:48

I have signed it too.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 17-May-12 14:40:03


MNHQ - For example you could swap this thread with

"Putting on make-up - OK in public ?" in discussions of the day

Or any of the other four vital considerations !!

How about it ?

Hello. And many thanks to all those who are posting, and signing the petition.

Afraid we do have a policy of not putting charity appeals, however pressing and wonderful and worthy, in our Discussions of the Day.

That's purely because we get asked to do this an awful lot but, sadly, there's only limited space and we really don't want to be in a position where we have to choose between charities, or explain to one charity why they didn't get the DOD spot but another very similar charity did.

We have stickied this thread to the top of Active Convos, though, and we have put it in our Mumsnet Latest box over there >>>

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 14:44:03

OK, what about gently suggesting to people that they pop over here to sign it. Is that OK?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 17-May-12 14:53:31


OK, what about gently suggesting to people that they pop over here to sign it. Is that OK?

Sure is - as long as you don't pepper hundreds of Talk threads with your gentle suggestions. smile

If you do, you might annoy others so much, you could actually stop 'em coming over here to sign it, iyswim.

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 14:58:38


Sighned & shared on FB

bubby64 Thu 17-May-12 16:17:45

Signed- and I'm afraid profit comes before the easing of human suffering almost every time!

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Thu 17-May-12 16:47:49

Nice try Helen, but like bubby (I'm guessing) I don't completely buy it.

As in there's no reason you can't prioritise some causes as so important as to merit inclusion in Discussions of the Day. It's just a question of having some discernment and assertiveness. It's your site, you make the rules and call the shots at the end of the day smile

But glad you've stickied this thread to the top of Active Convos, and put it in Mumsnet Latest. Thank you for doing that ( on behalf of the children of the world who often don't have a voice )

Hoping for a long chain of "signed"s - just like there was on the "I believe you" thread recently.

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Thu 17-May-12 17:02:41

I'm off to pick my DD up from school now, and will try and leave this thread in peace now, hoping to see it continue from strength to strength ( though I guess some MNers may go straight to signing the letter from the link on the home page too)

If you can't get angry about 300 children dying every hour of hunger around the world what can you get angry about ? angry sad

So glad to see everyone's support for this on here - just wish it was everyone

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 17:10:47

I did my best, unless people are signing and not leaving messages, there is a lot of apathy today.

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Thu 17-May-12 17:35:27

Yes, rips - I think many people might sign and not necessarily come on here to say they did - I nearly did that myself smile

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 17:45:45

I hope so, I have just given it a little nudge.

AnneTwacky Thu 17-May-12 17:51:54

Have signed after spotting ripishere's thread in Chat.

DameHermione Thu 17-May-12 18:06:05

Done and bumped.

HokeyCokeyPigInaPokey Thu 17-May-12 18:16:32

Signed after seeing ripishere's thread in chat

SugarMeFingers Thu 17-May-12 18:21:56


LeeCoakley Thu 17-May-12 18:29:21


Signed also after seeing ripsis thread smile

RatHammock Thu 17-May-12 19:22:27



StrangerintheHouse Thu 17-May-12 20:05:46


ripsishere Fri 18-May-12 08:00:59

Well, my thread was deleted because I can't prod people to come over here with a link.
I'll have another go but be a bit more cryptic this time?

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Fri 18-May-12 08:33:54

I think that's nuts - you can't even do a link ?

- to point people in the direction of a thread for taking action to save children's lives - 300 children dying from hunger every hour. I was thinking that's 5 children dying every minute around the world - and from this tragic cause alone.
How awful for each of those mothers too sad

ripsishere Fri 18-May-12 09:28:03

No, and I'm getting a battering for my repost <shrug>. I've asked for it to be deleted.

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Fri 18-May-12 09:39:09

Well good for you I say - for all your efforts to raise awareness on this rips

Thank you !

If we get slapped wrists for anything we can take it for the sake of those children, hey ! smile

SuePadupa Fri 18-May-12 11:04:00

Signed and shared.

renate678 Fri 18-May-12 12:22:39


CatherineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-May-12 15:20:02

We've just tweeted the link again, too

Lorentzia Fri 18-May-12 15:27:02



funfiction Fri 18-May-12 15:48:28

I've signed and shared - I hope it helps.

ParsleyTheLioness Fri 18-May-12 16:24:41


ouryve Fri 18-May-12 16:27:22


Jinsei Fri 18-May-12 16:34:24

I have signed. It's hard to comprehend that people are still dying of hunger in this day and age.

Humans have advanced in so many ways, and some of our scientific and technological achievements are startling, yet we still haven't found a resolution to this most basic problem. It's time we made it a priority.

Beckamaw Fri 18-May-12 19:26:18


carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-May-12 21:08:16

We have email class lists at my dc's school - so I sent the link to them - they're not mnetters (or not admitting it to me anywayssmile) but quite a few have emailed to say they've signed. Please feel free to send the link to anyone you know - the more the merrier

tigercametotea Fri 18-May-12 22:25:36

Signed and shared smile

PopcornGrace Sun 20-May-12 06:46:45

Signed and shared also

SESthebrave Sun 20-May-12 08:24:36

Signed & shared smile

Myheadmyworld Sun 20-May-12 09:00:06

I signed this a couple of weeks ago hasn't the cut off date ended? I can't find any info and I'd like to share it at work tomorrow if it's not

Hebiegebies Sun 20-May-12 09:30:34

Signed and shared

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Sun 20-May-12 15:47:33

I guess as it's still accepting signatures, and posting them on it's board too, and as the G8 Summit is later this week, it's not too late to add your signature. Get it up to 30, 000 before the summit ?

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Sun 20-May-12 15:53:37

Up to 20, 901 at last count. I've just added my boys, DS and DH smile

DD and I added our names the other day.

fallingwater Mon 21-May-12 01:39:07

I once read this somewhere:

*God has given MAN enough for his Need,
but there is not enough for his Greed...*

Its time the developed world- the G8 leaders and others take notice of the basic human fact that we need to shed our greed, and only then will there be enough for every one's need, no matter where they are born, live or work.


HexGirl Mon 21-May-12 14:39:26

Signed and shared on FB

KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 23-May-12 14:51:32

Good news! Save the Children have been in touch to let us know that, following the G8, David Cameron has decided to hold a World Hunger Summit here in the UK during the Olympics.

They've sent us a statement from their Chief Exec Justin Forsyth:

"With over a hundred heads of state visiting, the Olympics offer a unique opportunity to leave a global legacy beyond sport. By galvanising other world leaders, the private sector, charities, and the public, the Prime Minister can help save millions of children's lives, who are currently facing a daily battle with hunger. This is a fight the world can win, and this is the time to act"

Thanks so much to everyone who signed and/or spread the word via social media - it really makes a difference.

Emski76 Wed 23-May-12 20:39:44

I've just signed, hope it still helps

JugglingWithTangentialOranges Wed 23-May-12 20:51:07

Thank you to everyone who showed they care and is taking whatever action they are able to.

To me, if we can make any difference here, that is really Mumsnet at it's best smile

wideratthehips Tue 29-May-12 15:21:17

Signed and shared

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