Thursday, October 16, 2008

churches and the world food crisis

Samuel Kobia, challenges churches to also get involved in the World Food crisis. I had a interesting conversations with a friend over the weekend, where I argued that the world has enough food to feed all her inhabitants, but the problem is political.

So, now Dr Kobia states, that faith communities should,
1. Advocate actively with their governments, intergovernmental organizations and international financial institutions for the implementation of the stipulation as set forth in his speech, today ( Check it out here)
2. Renew their commitment to work for genuine land reform – including the redistribution of church lands, institutional practices, demonstrating practical models of life-giving agriculture such as community based organic farming in church lands;
3. Review their own institutional practices, lift up, promote and replicate practical models of life-giving agriculture (e.g. community based, organic farming, especially in church lands);
4. Promote local and environmentally friendly agricultural production through support for:
* Community seed banks and appropriate household food reserve systems,
* Direct relationships between producers and consumers and
* Efforts of awareness-building in local communities and congregations on the global food crisis through education and ecumenical formation and relevant Bible study materials;
5. Link up with peasant movements, Indigenous Peoples, women's groups and disabled persons in designing other proposals for advancing the right to food and food sovereignty through the World Social Forum and other spaces;
6. Find ways of accessing studies on the social and environmental effects of a moratorium on agro-fuel expansion that can help churches in their work in this area.
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