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Put food crisis on G8's plate, group urges

WASHINGTON: Days before the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, anti-poverty advocates staged their own egg hunt in Lafayette Park to urge President Obama to "find political will to end global hunger" during the upcoming G8 Summit at Camp David.
Sponsored by ActionAid USA, the activists held banners that read "Obama: Find the Will to be a Hunger Hero at the G8," next to a cutout of the president in a superhero suit.

"This year, Americans are expected to spend over two billion dollars on Easter candy, according to CNN. We estimate that if the US contributed less than half that amount to a G8 food security initiative, we could empower 50 million smallholder farmers to boost themselves out of poverty through sustainable agriculture," Katie Campbell, senior policy analyst at ActionAid USA, said in a press release.

"President Obama must do everything possible to find the political will and financial resources to combat hunger when international leaders meet at Camp David in May."

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