Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

18 SEP 2019

World Hunger

Thank you for taking the time to email me about ending hunger around the world.

This is an extremely important issue and though the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved since 1990, that still leaves many people living on the edge of survival so there is clearly a great deal more work to be done. Ending world hunger is possible if the global community take the right steps.

You may be interested to know that in September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), setting out 17 international goals for Sustainable Development. Zero Hunger is the second of these goals.

To reduce hunger and poverty in the world, we need to improve the livelihoods of the poor. Most of the extreme poor live in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and one of the best ways to improve their livelihoods is to help smallholder family farmers improve their productivity and incomes. It's not just food that they need but food security.

As well as aiming to improve the nutrition of 50 million people by 2020, The Department for International Development 's Agenda 2030 plan aims to strengthen the international architecture for nutrition and support countries to build their own systems for addressing malnutrition. This includes helping countries to be better prepared to respond to shocks that increase the risk of hunger and malnutrition.

You may also like to look at the following link which outlines the Government's approach to delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development - at home and around the world:

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