Food insecurity struggle can be won, says church advocacy agency

By staff writers
26 Nov 2010

It is possible to win the struggle against food insecurity in Africa, if appropriate measures are adopted, says Peter Prove, the executive director of Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), which campaigns for food justice alongside HIV and other issues.

At the same time, Prove, speaking at the All Africa Conference of Churches headquarters in Nairobi at a 22-26 November 2010 conference, warned that the current impact of climate change is a big challenge, and must be tackled fully and urgently.

"We can win the war. Here [in our conference] we have heard evidence of small scale efforts which work. It is do-able and it is our responsibility to make it happen," Prove told ENInews in Nairobi during the EAA-organised conference, entitled 'Food for Life'.

Last month, the 2010 'Right to Food and Nutrition Watch' report was launched in Geneva today by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and the World YWCA.

With almost one billion people still suffering chronic hunger, the report emphasises the urgent need for policymakers at the national and international level to take the human right to food and nutrition into account in policies and practices.

The 2010 report focuses on land grabbing and nutrition through contributions from Olivier de Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Angeline Munzara, EAA Food Campaign Coordinator; Huguette Akplogan-Dossa, Regional Coordinator for RAPDA (African Network on the Right to Food); Flavio Valente, FIAN International General Secretary, and others.

Reports are included on the state of the implementation of the right to food and nutrition in nine countries: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Spain and Zambia. The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch shows how land grabbing aggravates hunger in Africa, Asia and Latin America by leading to eviction of peasant communities from their main source of livelihood.

The report highlights that there is hope in far-reaching governance reforms of the Committee on Food Security (CFS) as the one global platform for coordination on food security policy and action.

"The new CFS needs to show its effectiveness by taking strong action against land grabbing and speculation in food commodity markets and by mainstreaming nutrition into global strategies against hunger," Peter Prove emphasised. "Food security also must be protected by involving all those who use land when decisions are made on land access and utilisation."

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance - http://www.e-alliance.ch/

Ecumenical News International contributed to this report. www.eni.ch

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