Under the motto “Ernte statt Ende” (“Crops not corpses”), Welthungerhilfe is sending five “Grim Reapers” to the G7 summit. At the demonstration in Munich on 4th June, as well as at the “Zusammen gegen Armut” (“United against poverty”) concert on 6th June at Munich’s Königsplatz, they will campaign for support for small farmers.
The idea behind it is a play on the double meaning of the German word “Sensenmann” (literally, “scythe man”), standing both for death and for a farmer. Five actors will be dressed half as “death” and half as smallfarmers.
The two often sit side by side. There are 795 million people going hungry across the world, that is one in nine people worldwide. Every ten seconds, a child dies from the effects of undernourishment or malnutrition. The majority of those suffering from hunger live in rural areas.
Campaigning for smallfarmers
The action is also campaigning, however, for a change in perspective, as highlighted by the motto #ErntestattEnde, as well as in the flyers being distributed. Around 70 percent of all food in developing countries is produced by smallfarmers. They could completely eradicate hunger in their countries – with better education and advice, seeds and irrigation, roads and access to markets.
But, instead of supporting them, politicians would rather support large plantations and the export industry.
To coincide with the FAO World Hunger Report on 27th May, Welthungerhilfe recently published its assessment of the current food situation and what exactly it is expecting of the G7 states and government heads.
Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for ‘Zero Hunger by 2030’. Since its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations
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