Access to a reliable and adequate food supply is a right for all people. Many CWS partners are teaching improved traditional organic methods. Costs are low. Farmers can stay on their land. Families are fed. Surplus food is sold at the market. Human rights upheld.
Nourishing the World: Scaling up Agroecology: a new report from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance arguing for greater investment in sustainable agriculture.
Almost one billion people on the planet go hungry everyday. And yet there are farmers everywhere who know how to grow the food we all need. Industrial style farms and fisheries are undermining their ability to feed the world. Food corporations are paying farmers less than it costs to grow food. The climate is changing and large areas of land are being "grabbed". Join global efforts to make food fair.
The fifth annual Right to Food and Nutrition Watch report on the structural causes of hunger is now available. The increasing corporate influence throughout the food chain is identified as a contributing factor. Profit is more important than people's right to food. It highlights new strategies by local and national groups seeking to implement the right to food. CWS is a member of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, one of the groups responsible for the report.
Join churches around the world the world to pray and take action for food justice from October 14-21 2012. The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has prepared resouces for the global effort.
Resources for Action are available:
Worship resources featuring a story from Nicaragua partner, CEPAD for 2012.
Join churches, Christian organisations, people of faith and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance in a fast for life to mark Ash Wednesday on 22 February. Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. Take this day to “Fast for Life” and to reflect on our own consumption and commit to doing what we can to overcome hunger and contribute to global food security.
More than one third of the food produced on this planet for human consumption is wasted. This amounts to approximately 1.3 billion tons of lost food per year. In developing countries, waste occurs mainly at the point of production – due to limitations in harvesting methods, preservation techniques, packaging and distribution systems - while in developed nations, waste results from consumer behaviour and inefficient processes in the supply chain.
Christians must not be passive witnesses to the fact that 15 million children worldwide are dying of hunger per year, especially when we consider the amount of food that is going to waste. In a world challenged by climate change, a rising population, and a global economic crisis, we need to be smarter, more efficient, and fairer about the way we produce, distribute and consume our food.
All the people had enough to eat. When they finished, Jesus said to his followers, "Gather the pieces of fish and bread that were not eaten. Don't waste anything."
- Feeding of the Five Thousand, John 6:12
International Resources and ideas to assist you.
There are now 7 billlion people on the planet but who will make sure they will have enough to eat? It is election season and a good time to make sure aspiring candidates know that hunger and poverty are on the agenda. Try out some questions at local meetings.
CWS supported the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance's “Food for Life” campaign from October 10-17. The Food Week of Action was an opportunity for Christians all over the world to act and speak out together on food justice issues. It raised awareness about food production and distribution systems, examine our own food consumption, and called for policy changes that will ensure the right to food for everyone. It is not too late to use the resources.
Resources for Action
Further information on EAA's Food for Life campaign.