Raising awareness and funds in the struggle against poverty

Raising awareness and funds in the struggle against poverty

By staff writers
20 May 2011

This year's Christian Aid Week report highlights the scandal of food-related poverty, and presents a number of examples of how to work effectively for its eradication.

"Tackling the impact of poverty is not enough; we must also confront those structures and systems that cause it in the first place," says the UK-based development agency, whose annual fundraising week ends on 21 May 2011.

Local supporters say that Christian Aid Week (CAW) 2011 is proving a "huge success" in terms of both fundraising and awareness raising, but are keen to see the last 48 hours of the annual event to maximise its impact - and the total sum available to support anti-poverty action around the world.

Many churches held their special Christian Aid services last weekend, but a significant number will hold liturgies and events on Sunday 22 May, too.

Meanwhile, "the issues we tackle are vital for 52 weeks of the year, not just one", Ekklesia has been told.

"Filling empty bellies should be a global priority," says the Christian Aid Week report. "It is, after all, first on the list of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the war against poverty. Goal 1 could not be more explicit: ‘Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.’ By 2015, the target is to halve the number of those afflicted."

Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were drawn up 10 years ago, the situation has inexorably worsened, development analysts point out.

Just how acute the issue of food security has now become was highlighted earlier this year by Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, and Head of the Government Office for Science.

In his preface to the report The Future of Food and Farming, he writes: "We are at a unique moment in history as diverse factors converge to affect the demand for, and the production and distribution of, food over the next 20 to 40 years."

Beddington concludes the report by predicting: "The global food system between now and 2050 will face enormous challenges, as great as any that it has confronted in the past."

* More on Christian Aid Week here: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/

* The full report (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat format) can be read here: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/images/hungry-for-justice.pdf

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