Oxfam Calls On New Government To Increase Aid For The Hungry

Nearly half of all children in Timor-Leste are chronically malnourished according to Oxfam Australia, whose aid in the region is helping small scale farmers feed their children and villages. Despite that Oxfam is urging the Australian Government to do more and increase aid to those in need.

Natercia is a small scale farmer from Timor-Leste whose village and children were going hungry. The situation is especially acute during ‘Hungry Season’ which lasts from November to March each year and sees families struggle to put food on the table.

Children are the most vulnerable to hunger and the situation in Timor-Leste is acute, with nearly 50% of kids under the age of 5, chronically malnourished.

Females such as Natercia lie at the heart of the global food system, producing a large percentage of the food we eat. However many do not have access to land and more often than not their work is both undervalued and underpaid.

Natercia is one of the few success stories of aid helping in the struggle to feed children, however it is not enough with nearly 870 million people around the world facing hunger. To put that number into context, nearly one in eight people go to bed hungry each night. To make matters worse the world easily produces enough to food to feed everyone so the starvation is unnecessary.

Whilst that may sound depressing change is in fact happening. Aid from Australia is helping people like Natercia and her whole village fight back by starting their own vegetable garden. Natercia now grows a variety of vegetables and her two kids have enough food to meet their nutritional requirements.

However, change is happening. Australian aid is now helping Natercia and her village tackle hunger by starting their own vegetable gardens. Natercia now grows cassava, papaya, pumpkin, spinach and tomatoes. Natercia and her two children now have enough food to meet their nutritional needs. She also earns an income by selling excess produce to her local market.

Now the election is over, Australia can do more to help combat global hunger and help poor people put food on the table. sign the petition and call on Tony Abott’s new government to raise the amount of aid to people who are most vulnerable.

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