Tag Archive for food security

Ecojesuit hosts Laudato Si’ event and fair in Bonn during COP23

2017_10_15_N&E_PhotoEcojesuit is hosting a dialogue Laudato Si’ – Environment as Relationship at the sidelines of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC-COP 23 Fiji)  which will be held in Bonn, Germany under the Presidency of Fiji from 6 to 17 November.

The Ecojesuit-hosted half-day event on 13 November will be held at Aloisiuskolleg, a Jesuit high school in Bonn, and is drawing interest from other Jesuit schools, the local church, development organizations such as Misereor and CIDSE, other German-based partners.  Topics on Laudato Si’ in relation to food security and to resource exploitation will be discussed with an open forum and the activity is expected to engage a broad audience.

Zero hunger, food security, improved nutrition, and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2)

2017_01_15_Editorial_Photo1It is disconcerting that in the 21st century, hunger remains a second priority when talking about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – after eradication of extreme poverty, one of the main causes of hunger.

The hunger problem, it would seem, should have been almost overcome, or is experienced only in pockets in certain areas of the world today.  According to the UN World Food Programme however, “some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.  That’s about one in nine people on earth”, even as notable advancements are achieved in food issues.

Primary commemorates Food Day

With the donation of hundreds of food products, Elementary School P. Silvio González, SJ commemorated on October 16, World Food Day, the 2014 motto is: “Feed the world, protect the planet,” as a way to promote awareness of family farming and small farmers.

Primary P. Silvio González, SJ uses this context to raise awareness among students, through collaboration with non-perishable food donated them to try to meet the food needs of others.

According to the UN commemoration focused world attention on the important role of family farming in the eradication of hunger and poverty, achieving food security and improving nutrition, improving livelihoods, management of natural resources, protection of the environment and the achievement of sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.

Church wants better land policy for smallholder farmers

_DSC0783These is need for policy interventions beyond what the government is currently doing, The Catholic Church in Uganda has said. Speaking during the official opening of a national conference on “Access to land, Usage and Food Security: Securing livelihoods of smallholder farmers” held in Kampala in April 2015, the Secretary General of Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Msgr. Dr. John Baptist Kauta, pointed out that cases of land conflicts and disputes are on the rise; adding that there are recurring cases of families and communities being evicted from registered lands across many districts in Uganda. “Land conflict mitigation machinery, particularly the judiciary, the police, the land boards, land committees are overwhelmed by increasing number of cases, their varying nature and complexities,” said Msgr Kauta.

’There is no substitute for agriculture until…we have learned to eat and digest plastic’ Hakimani Conference begins

DSC_4869Some of the issues discussed include impacts of climate change, land tenure, property rights and food security. In his opening remarks, Rev. Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, Provincial, Jesuits Eastern Africa, emphasized on the value of research and its ability to correlate climate change and food security by drawing on wide ranging grassroots and empirical investigation. He added that by establishing such a link, the research demonstrates that climate change is real and its impact directly threatens the survival and sustainability of our means and sources of sustenance and livelihood. He encouraged all socio-economic stakeholders to create sectoral, national, regional and global partnerships aimed at devising effective plans and strategies that counteract the drought.

Are We Eating Ourselves to Death? (A Woodstock Forum)

fruits_veggiesOur patterns of food consumption, both individually and collectively, could have a major impact on the life of the planet far into the future. As business leaders pursue innovative solutions for a new “green economy,” municipalities begin thinking about “food security” and words like “locavore” make their way into our dictionaries, do religious traditions like Roman Catholicism have anything to offer?