This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Faith leaders and agencies in bid to tackle world poverty
Faith leaders, charity workers and councillors gathered in the city to urge the Government to tackle hunger and poverty.
Assistant city mayor Manjula Sood joined the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, and representatives from Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid at the cathedral this week to help launch Enough Food for Everyone – a campaign by Christian Aid.
The national campaign is asking the Prime Minister to tackle four problems to ensure there is enough food for everyone – stop poor farmers being forced off their land and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, make governments keep their promises on aid, close loopholes to stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries and force governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries.
Councillor Sood said: "The campaign will highlight the plight of many who still struggle to have one decent meal a day."
The bishop said: "I am delighted the churches and faith communities are coming together to support this campaign, which draws attention internationally to one of the great issues of justice in our day."