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McINNES CALLS ON SCOTS TO BACK CAMPAIGN ON TACKLING HUNGER

February 28, 2013 3:49 PM

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today backed a campaign to tackle global hunger, calling on Scotland to lead by example.

Mrs McInnes was speaking during a debate in parliament on the Oxfam-supported campaign called "Enough Food For Everyone If …" She said: "The world produces enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough food. One in eight goes to bed hungry. Two million children die each year because they cannot get enough to eat."

She challenged people to unite and sign up to the campaign.

"Scotland can and ought to lead by example. Public sector purchasing should not support trade where goods or services are produced using environmentally damaging methods or exploit workers in poor countries. That purchasing power is worth around £9 billion a year.

"Scotland has a good record of supporting Fairtrade. We must build on those foundations."

The MSP also highlighted the Montgomery development education centre in Aberdeen for its "sterling work". She explained: "It has an extensive library of resources which explore issues such as global awareness, citizenship, human rights, the environment, sustainable development, gender awareness, race issues and aid.

"It supports schools and communities in their quest to include these issues in the curriculum.

"The Montgomery centre works with many schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and is working in a more immersive way with all staff in six primary schools to embed citizenship education more quickly and thoroughly.

"Aberdeenshire Council, where Liberal Democrats have been involved in running the council since its inception in 1996, has a member of staff seconded to the role of citizenship development officer and she works closely with the centre.

"Last summer, a group of nine primary school teachers from Aberdeenshire travelled to Uganda as part of a The Global Teachers programme run by the Link Community Development charity and funded by the Wood Family Trust."

Mrs McInnes urged the Scottish Government to "invest more in the good work of the Disaster Emergency Committee, which operates on a shoestring budget."