G20 Falls Short of Aid Groups’ Expectations

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    Aid groups have slammed G-20 leaders after aid talks for poor nations were sidetracked by issues concerning the European debt crisis.

    The G-20 summit, which concluded Friday (Nov. 4), fell short of solutions to solve the growing global problem of food insecurity and price volatility.

    ActionAid’s International Policy Manager Soren Ambrose said, “There’s a full and hearty meal for Greece and the other countries that are in the G20, but the developed world — the impoverished people — are again being fed crumbs.”

    Adam Taylor, vice president of World VisionUSA, called for G-20 leaders to give priority to food security days before the summit started. World Vision Brazil spokesman Maurichio Cuhna’s statement over the weekend expressed the aid group’s disappointment over the summit’s conclusion.

    “Every night 925 million people go to bed hungry. G20 actions on food security and price volatility need to be based on the needs and perspectives of those 925 million people that don’t care much for Greek tragedies,” Cuhna said.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.