Anti-hunger campaigners chartered two large Viking boats on a lake in Northern Ireland on Monday (June 17) as part of a protest against tax evasion.

Wearing giant heads depicting the Group of Eight leaders, the campaigners sailed the two boats on a lake in Enniskillen just a couple of miles from the luxury Lough Erne golf resort where G8 leaders were set to meet later in the day.

The sails of the boats were emblazoned with the words "End Tax Dodging" as members of the so-called Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, which consists of some 200 organisations and charities, called on the world's leaders to take action against tax evasion.

"So this is a fun way of making a very serious point. In the developing countries that we work in, tax dodging is a matter of life and death, it's literally taking the food out of the mouths of families and what we're saying is this G8 deal can make a massive difference to tax dodging but only if it's ambitious," spokesperson Brendan Cox said.

At the Lough Erne resort, G8 host David Cameron will bring together leaders of the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, Germany, France and Italy - representing just over half of the $71.7 trillion global economy.

Cameron has made tackling tax avoidance - which campaigners say costs about $3 trillion a year - one of the key parts of the formal agenda at the summit.

Aid campaigners said Britain's action will count for little if the rest of the G8 does not follow suit.

G8 leaders will probably shy away from adopting a measure aimed at curbing tax avoidance by highlighting when companies channel profits into tax havens, and will include a watered-down alternative, according to the draft communique.

"If they do agree that clampdown, it will mean that developing countries can feed their own population. At the moment one in eight people go to bed hungry every night. Three million children die as a result of malnutrition every year, this G8 deal could be a breakthrough that could mean that's not the case in the future," Cox said.

Global tax evasion could be costing more than $3 trillion (£1.9 trillion) a year, according to researchers from Tax Justice Network while as much as $32 trillion (£21 trillion) could be hidden by individuals in tax havens.

Presented by Adam Justice