Action Against Hunger makes a statement with ‘Conflict Café’ serving no food and cutlery made from bullets
By Jess Gaynor on Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Anti-hunger charity hosted ‘off menu’ café for government officials, decision-makers and journalists to call attention to the issue between conflict and hunger.
On 24th May, Action Against Hunger hosted their first ever Conflict Café, inviting high-profile guests to try some of their ‘off-menu’ items in a time of crisis.
The event coincided with the fifth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2417, and the charity launched the Café in conjunction with The Cinnamon Club in Westminster. Guests included Jimi Famurewa, London Evening Standard’s restaurant critic; Antony Amordoux from Great British Bake Off; and a range of MPs and FCDO staff joined for breakfast with a difference to support Action Against Hunger’s campaign to break the cycle between conflict and hunger.
The range of dishes that were ‘off menu’ included a fantastic summer salad; but the ingredients for this were unable to make it to the venue due to suppliers not being able to access their fields and make deliveries.
Similarly, the ingredients for homemade lentil soup and okra were impacted by a market bombing.
The cracked wheat taboulleh also failed to make it to people’s plates because of skyrocketing prices caused by port blockades.
Finally, locally made sorbets were planned for dessert, but water towers had been destroyed by shelling, preventing their production.
The event was inspired off the back of the charity’s new report, ‘No Matter Who’s Fighting, Hunger Always Wins’, which found that conflict and violence threaten food security for 85% of 258 million people in 58 countries, including places such as Afghanistan, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, amongst other stats.
Action Against Hunger UK head of advocacy, Kate Munro, said:
“Conflict remains the leading cause of acute hunger worldwide and continues to rise.
“Our fight against hunger is also a fight for peace. Of the 45 million people globally who are on the brink of famine, around 70% of them have been driven there by conflict. We cannot achieve a sustainable peace when millions face the injustice of starvation.”