And to support activities around the Anglican world, a new pack has been published by the Anglican Alliance focusing especially on access to seeds for the small scale farmers who produce 85 per cent of all food eaten in developing countries.
The pack looks at food security and climate change, and the steps that farmers in some countries are taking to make sure that the crops they grow are better suited to changing climatic conditions, and provide the best nutrition for peole in their communities. It draws from some of the practical examples around the Communion, such as the crop adaptation in Solomon Islands, and the strengthening of traditional crops in Kenya.
We encourage you to use this resource in your churches and communities, and join Anglicans all over the world as they take action for food justice.
There are opportunities for action, and news on how we will take your voices to world leaders at the G20 next year. Information on how we can adapt to climate change is also included, and we explore the benefits for farmers when they use different crop varieties to get a better yield.
A Bible study is included in the pack for you to use in your church or small groups. You can also join the Alliance’s seven days of prayer, from 14-20 October, to lift up those affected by climate change and natural disasters.
Workshops for local farmers will be held on World Food Day by the Alliance’s regional facilitators, in Brazil, Bangladesh and the Solomon Islands. These will address local issues and help local workers find solutions to the difficulties that they face in the changing climate.
The focus on food security and climate change will be key for the Anglican Alliance over the coming year. In 2014 the G20 is being hosted by Australia, and the Alliance has been working with partners in the Pacific to provide a platform for advocacy on climate change by Anglicans in the region whose islands, homes, livelihoods and food supplies, are most threatened by rising sea levels.