KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "The war on terrorism, if it is to succeed, has to be accompanied by the war against hunger," said a member of the coalition of the leading American food aid agencies. "Hunger breeds terror," declared Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International, one of the 16 members of the Coalition for Food Aid. "Hunger is often perpetuated by post-colonial oligarchies which continue to oppress populations by strangling equitable distribution and fair pricing of food. It also stifles food security and starves democracy." Continuing his address to the world's largest meeting devoted to food aid, the Export Food Aid conference in Kansas City, LeLaulu said well implemented food aid "can break the stranglehold of these tyrannies -- the war on terror will not be won if more resources are not given to the war on hunger." Speaking for the Coalition for Food Aid, which comprises leading non- profit development agencies, LeLaulu asserted, "American food aid helps to break down these tyrannies which lead to hunger, frustration, and eventually to desperation and violence." Julius Coles, President of AfriCare, told more than 800 participants from the food industry, government, international and non-governmental organizations that 36 million metric tons were needed to cope with the massive problems of hunger. He lamented, however, "we were only able to provide some three million metric tons." The AfriCare head reminded the conference, organized by the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Agency for International Development, "without US Food Aid, there is nothing." The former Secretary of Agriculture for the Philippines, Luis P. Lorenzo, Jr., asserted food aid "presented to the world what is not often seen -- the kind face of American aid." Secretary Lorenzo was speaking at the Food Aid Coalition's first annual awards honoring groups and governments for leadership in improving the health, living conditions and incomes of millions of people who live in poverty and suffer from hunger. The Coalition for Food Aid, made up of major US NGOs including ACDI/VOCA, ADRA, AfriCare, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Counterpart International, Mercy Corps, Save The Children, and World Vision, wants Congress to increase annual American food aid to two billion US dollars. CONTACT: Bevan Springer of Counterpart International, +1-202-296-9676, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Counterpart International