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Churches Week of Action on Food 2012

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance asked its members’ how they were going to act for food justice and sustainable consumption of food. Many thanks to all of you for all your actions which have helped to highlight food justice around the world. Here are some examples of what our members and friends did:

West African Religious Leaders gathered in Lomé, Togo, for meetings with national and regional political leaders in addition to a one-day symposium on food and climate change. The leaders called for investment in smallscale agroecological farming and the building of food reserves in events organized by the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa.

Read this exciting report of the events andactipons taken by religious leaders in West Africa during the Week of Action, PDF - (EN)

Visit FECCIWA’s website: fecciwa.org

The Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation and Urban Rural Mission of the National Council of Churches in India launched a national campaign on “Food Justice for Life” to call for just production, just consumption and just distribution along with practicing and promoting socially and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

Visit NCCI’s website: www.nccindia.in

The Presbyterian Church (USA) highlighted key advocacy actions for solidarity with farmworkers, protection for family farmers in the Trans-Pacific trade agreement, a raise for the tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for restaurant workers, and a protest of US policies promoting corn ethanol, diverting food for fuel. These and many more actions across the US are highlighted at: www.usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/world-food-week-of-action-2012

Visit the Presbyterian Church (USA) website: www.pcusa.org

Church World Service and member organizations of the Regional Program for Food Security and Sovereignty (PRESSAN, El Programa Regional para la Seguridad y Soberanía Alimentaria) held a regional food security forum on 16 October in Guatemala City to highlight development strategies that are helping some of the poorest families in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua produce their own sustainable solutions to the region’s chronic food insecurity and malnutrition.

Visit the Church World Service website: www.churchworldservice.org

Canadian Foodgrains Bank promoted worship and action through its network, as well as a guided tour and panel discussion of the Just Food Art Exhibit: The Right to Food from a Faith Perspective. The exhibit aimed to inform and motivate communities about the injustice of abundant food for some and the goal of ending hunger.

Visit Canadian Foodgrains Bank website: www.foodgrainsbank.ca

Canadian Lutheran World Relief promoted a new online game, Meal or No Meal, to raise awareness about hunger among youth. Visit CLWF’s website: www.clwr.org

The Christian Council of Nigeria organized an ecumenical service, while member churches are focusing on food in their sermons and teachings through the week.

The Finnish Lutheran Evangelical Mission organized a series of events in and around Helsinki in cooperation with the Economic Justice Network of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa, including raising the issues of food, trade and justice at a mission conference for youth. Visit FELM’s website: www.suomenlahetysseura.fi

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines invited its members to celebrate the Churches’ week of action. The NCCP, as member of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has been actively participating in the Churches’ Week of Action on Food since it was launched. Annually, the NCCP joins other churches and organizations worldwide to educate and advocate for food security especially for those who produce the world’s food.

nccphilippines.org/site/2012/09/18/celebrate-churches%e2%80%99-week-of-action-on-food/

Tearfund launched a video animation and a briefing paper to explain how we need innovative sources of funding for smallholder farmers and herders to adapt to climate change. This could come from a levy on the shipping industry which could raise at least $10bn for adaptation, whilst also reducing emissions from shipping.Watch the short video clip here www.tearfund.org/hunger and visit Tearfund’s website: www.tearfund.org for further information.

Christian Aid told the story of an organic granny, who is a key figure in a community project to grow organic food in Dominican Republic. Visit Christian Aid’s website: www.christianaid.org.uk/whatwedo/partnerfocus/an-organic-granny.aspx

The Economic Justice Network of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa organized a worship service and awareness raising events with different churches as part of celebrations of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October including the International Day for Rural Women on 15th October, and World Food Day on the 16th October. They also organised a gathering of small scale farmers in an area committed to share experiences to enable them grow their businesses. Visit EJN’s website: www.ejn.org.za/index.php/component/content/article/61-current-feature-cluster/639-ejn-and-foccisa-nccs-global-week-of-action-on-food-security

Caritas Internationalis set up a fund to fight poverty by supporting small-scale agriculture. The project enables women who have survived war and the worst violence to take control of their lives and improve their families’ lives by starting. Visit Caritas Internationalis website: www.caritas.org/activities/climate_change/WorldFoodDay12.html

His Holiness Pope Benedict VI, commemorated World Food Day and greeted with particular satisfaction the choice to dedicate this Day to the reflection on the topic ‘Agricultural Cooperatives Feed the World: www.zenit.org/article-35744

New research and policy papers have been released by several organizations:

The international alliance of Catholic development agencies, CIDSE, released the report “Agriculture: from Problem to Solution: Achieving the Right to Food in a Climate-Constrained World” which argues that more sustainable food systems which operate at a smaller scale are needed to feed the world in the face of a changing and erratic climate. Visit CIDSE’s website: www.cidse.org

A Church of Sweden report, “Cash in the hand” emphasizes the need for a rights based social protection as a method of eradicating poverty and hunger.

Visit Church of Sweden’s website: www.svenskakyrkan.se/default.aspx

The EAA’s report, “Nourishing the World: Scaling up Agroecology” calls for increased investment in sustainable agricultural practices that support smallscale farmers and local communities as well as benefit the environment and natural resource base. Visit the EAA’s website: www.e-alliance.ch

More information, photos and resources can also be found on our Facebook page.

For examples of actions in 2011 click here

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