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Take action in October to promote food for life

24. September 2009

    With our brand new campaign slogan, “Food for Life”, the Churches’ Food Week of Action will take place from 11 -18 October 2009. This is an opportunity for everyone to do something to promote just and sustainable food production and consumption, and raise awareness about the right to food for all people. With almost one-sixth of the world facing chronic hunger, we must be part of the movement for justice that demands that all people have access to the food they need for life.

    The week of 11-18 October is a key time for action:

    • 12-13 October is the High Level Conference on How to Feed the World to 2050, sponsored by the FAO in Rome, Italy
    • 16 October is World Food Day
    • 17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

    You can take action individually or with your church, school, community or organization. We can join together with others all over the world to tell world leaders that food is a basic right and not just a tradable commodity. We can promote just and sustainable production, trade and distribution systems that ensure that food is grown and shared for the needs of all, including the environment. And we can examine our own consumption habits and make changes that help promote wider food security and the care of Creation.

    The EAA has collected and adapted resources for you to use throughout the week.

    For more information on the Churches’ Week of Action on Food Help launch our new campaign slogan during the week.

    Over 130 slogans were suggested during our “Name the Campaign” slogan contest. Thank you to everyone for your creativity, interest and involvement! The strategy group has chosen “Food for Life” as the slogan for our campaign through 2012. This slogan was suggested separately by two participants, Mary Craig and Marion Koch.

    Marion is a geography student at the University of Tübingen, Germany, who recently completed a four month internship at EAA member Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) where she worked in the food security team. She says during her time she learned not only a lot about hunger in the world but about the campaign work of Bread for the World and EAA.

    Mary is from Dundas, Ontario in Canada and is doing a Master's in Religious Education at St. Augustine's Seminary at the Toronto School of Theology (Roman Catholic). She thought of “Food for Life” when her priest did a homily series on the “Bread of Life”, and, aware of EAA members with “bread” in their names, chose a broader term for the EAA campaign.

    Feel free to use the campaign slogan during your events for the Week of Action and highlight the global network of Christians working together in this new EAA campaign. Link to our campaign with the web banner soon to be available at: www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/our-winning-campaign-slogan/

    What can I do?
    1. Call on governments to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food:
    Have your church or organization adapt the EAA model letter calling on your government to respect of the right to food. Lobby them to respect the right in all domestic policies and laws and in bilateral and multilateral negotiations and to get feedback on their actions. Please email amunzara@e-alliance.ch to share with us the feedback you will receive from your governments.

    • Find out what your church is doing and has said about food security and poverty reduction. Ask church leaders what they have done to follow up on their statements.
    • Learn about the commitments toward the right to food made by governments and how you can join with like-minded civil society actors to ensure that effective targets are made and kept


    2. Hold a worship service and join in daily reflections focused on food. Worship, prayer and study resources are posted online at: www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/resources-for-churches-week-of-action/

    3. Take action as individuals and communities for food justice.

     

    • Action ideas, including those connected to daily prayer and study, are available on the EAA website at : www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/resources-for-churches-week-of-action/
    • Consider fasting, and join others doing the same, to build awareness.  Visit www.endhungerfast.com  for resource materials on fasting on World Food Day, 16 October 2009.
    • Join with other civil society organizations and networks and farmers’ groups planning events during World Food Day, 16 October. Send a press release about your event to local and national media – and to us at amunzara@e-alliance.ch.


    4. Raise awareness of the links between food insecurity and climate change, particularly as governments prepare for the Copenhagen Summit in December:
    •    Find out more about the impact of climate change
    •    on food security in your country. 
    •    Join the churches’ Count Down to Copenhagen Campaign on climate change.

    5. Let us know your plans! 
    •    Send photos and news about your events to amunzara@e-alliance.ch so that we can share what is being done all over the world on the Churches’ Food Week of Action.

     


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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