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Global Citizen, Idris and Sabrina Elba Talk World Hunger With Canadian Government Minister

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(UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba meet Canada’s International Development Minister, Karina Gould, to address global hunger)

Dear Paov,

Experts are saying COVID-19 could put pressure on food systems and cause hundreds of millions to starve.

I just had a meeting with Canada’s International Development Minister - along with Idris and Sabrina Elba - about this global emergency and wanted to send along some toplines:


  • Minister Gould recognized that the pandemic would lead to hunger in poor countries and said she would consider committing Canadian aid to help.


  • Karina Gould, Minister for International Development
  • The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • UN Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba
  • Global Citizen, represented by Michael Sheldrick and Jonah Kanter.


  • Experts are saying that COVID-19 could cause 265 million people to starve.
  • 75% of the world’s poorest people live in the rural areas of developing countries. IFAD invests in these communities to increase incomes and improve food security.
  • IFAD is trying to raise USD $200 million as part of their response to COVID-19. We wanted to tell the government about this new fund and urge them to help finance it.


  • Minister Gould agreed about the importance of ensuring food security amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • While she could not commit to give money to IFAD’s new fund just yet, she did support it in principle.

I know this isn’t a typical message from Global Citizen but I wanted to show you how we’re working behind the scenes, every day, to use your voice to get movement on these issues.

Next time I meet with Minister Gould, I need to be able to show her that Canadians want our aid budget to be spent on preventing famine for farming communities worldwide. Click here to add your name to the petition.

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With hope,

Jonah and the Global Citizen team

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