Derby campaigner Jennie Beck joining 499 'Chancellors' in London to press for an end to world hunger
AN OXFAM campaigner from Allestree will be dressed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer in London today, ahead of the Budget announcement.
Jennie Beck is joining 499 other "George Osbornes" from across the country in Parliament Square to highlight the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign for an end to the world hunger crisis.
Jennie, a retired teacher who has been part of the Oxfam Derby campaign group since 2002, said among IF's aims was to have Mr Osborne keep Britain's promise that by 2013 0.7% of the national income would be given in aid to developing countries.
The IF campaign asks world leaders to tackle the root causes of hunger, including international aid and tax.
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Alongside other charities, Oxfam is urging action from the Government to make sure that everyone in the world has enough to eat.
Jennie said: "As a nation there is no doubt we are in trouble economically and every penny we lose counts.
"But it does not mean that people starve. No one in the UK is starving.
"There is a much bigger problem for other people throughout the world.
"Unlike others, we can afford to lose a few pennies and not starve. We have problems but we can also afford to help."
"In this country, lots of food wastage is because people buy too much food, food they don't need, so it goes off and gets thrown away.
"In developing countries, waste is because they do not have the correct equipment to properly store the food they do collect. With money donated to them by developed countries they can gain essential skills to be able to store things correctly."
Jennie said the IF campaign also wanted to tackle tax avoidance.
She said: "If the Government cracked down on big, international corporations who are not paying the tax they should be, we, as a country, would be able to help developing countries.
"This year is vital in the year of the G8 and also on the eve of an important budget that MPs are aware that there is no need for anyone to go hungry in the world."
More information about the IF campaign can be found on the website www.enough foodif.org