The Anglican Alliance spoke up for smallholder and women farmers at the G20 in Russia earlier this year when former Director Sally Keeble (pictured, right) gave a presentation at the Civil Society Summit in Moscow, Russia in 2013.
Sally highlighted the work of smallholder farmers in Africa, and the role of the local church as they support communities and tackle poverty and hunger.
International institutions including the World Bank and World Food Programme, heard the presentation, and G20 countries including Japan, Germany and the European Union, and non G20 countries including Tanzania and Nigeria were also present.
The move fulfilled the mandate given by the Alliance’s founding consultation in Nairobi in April 2011 to speak out to the world’s richest countries on the scandal of up to one billion people who go hungry every day.
The Alliance made the case for more support for smallholder farmers in Africa and other developing countries, and for the role of civil society, including the Church, to ensure support gets to the local communities, and especially to women farmers.
Civil Society Summits will be held in Australia prior to the G20 next year, and the Anglican Alliance will again provide a platform for the voice of Anglicans to be heard by the world’s top 20 richest nations.
Nominations for the 2014 G20 agenda are open on the C20 website at http://www.c20.org.au/nominate-policies/#.
You can nominate “Food Security” as your top priority, and “Financial Inclusion” as the second, to ensure that smallholder and women farmers are recognised in the G20 discussions next year.