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International Group Plans $500m For African Farmers

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An international advocacy group, Global Citizen, organisers of the Global Citizen Festival, said it will raise $500m to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis and provide urgent relief from crushing debts to end extreme poverty.

The group said this in a statement to announce the 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival taking place in New York City’s Central Park.

It said since the inception of the festival in 2012, it had been a global campaign, calling for an end to the extreme poverty that unites millions of voices, amplified by the world’s biggest artists, demanding world leaders take action now.

Part of the statement says said the 2022 Global Citizen Festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and ahead of the G20 and COP27 in November to step up and invest $600m into the future of women and girls, close the annual $10bn climate financing shortfall, deliver $500m to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Citizen, Hugh Evans, said Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises, climate, hunger, health, war and conflict.

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