With the focus on supporting local smallholders through micro-finance, Anglicans from Africa, Asia and Latin America drew up a blueprint to increase investment, provide land rights, and focus on women farmers who produce most of the food in developing countries.
They also called on the Church to step up its food advocacy, speaking out to local, national and world leaders.
The Alliance will be providing some resources for World Food Day, and they will be made available via the website. The priorities set at the Nairobi workshop that will shape the Alliance’s campaigning on World Food Day on October 16th and are:
- Increasing to at least 10% the proportion of African national budgets that go to agriculture as agreed at the Maputo declaration.
- Protection for land rights of women and children.
- More support for women farmers
- Ensuring small-scale farmers have more access to affordable finance, markets and insurance schemes
- Donors to increase aid for agriculture to at least 10% of their grants
- Provision of more education in agriculture, including encouragement of more positive attitudes towards the sector.
- The Church to intensify measures to mobilise communities on the issue of food shortages, working to change the negative attitudes towards agriculture especially among young people.
- The church to provide their infrastructural resources for training and land for agricultural production.
- Church leaders to lobby local, regional and national leaders for policies that will enhance food production to alleviate hunger, increase access to land by the marginalised and landless communities, and protect them from land-grabbing, including through criminal activities by armed groups or drug gangs.