09 MAR 2012

Paul joins debate with OXFAM and constituents on food security

On Friday evening Paul joined the Wolverhampton World Poverty Action Group, alongside other Wolverhampton MPs to discuss the OXFAM Grow campaign with Maya Segas, who is Oxfam Midlands Public Affairs officer.

The Grow campaign was set up to in response to the fact that nearly 1 in 7 people regularly go hungry. It is a campaign aimed to transform the broken food system in order to help those who suffer most. It aims to address the issues surrounding land grabs, climate change, food price spikes and the support for small scale farming.

The event opened with Maya providing and update on the current GROW campaign, and in particular what progress they hope to made in the next few months. Topics discussed included land grabs, food sustainability and security.

The event concluded with a question on the current troubles in Syria. The government has said that it will work closely with our Arab and international partners in the Friends of Syria group to end the violence and begin the process of transition that the Syrian people deserve.

Speaking after the event Paul said "I would like to thank Wolverhampton World Poverty Action Group for their invitation to take part in this event. I found it extremely useful to learn about OXFAM's Grow Campaign and the excellent work being done.

"It is important we engage in the issues surrounding world poverty, and I found it encouraging the number of people who took the time to attend the event."

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