Farmers prepare the field in Usa River, Arusha, supported by the Sustainable Livelihood programme of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

Food for Life Campaign

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance promotes just and sustainable food systems, and adequate nutrition through a rights-based approach and enhancing local food systems, and mobilizes action and reflection for food justice and zero hunger.

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The Food for Life Campaign seeks to educate, inspire and mobilize faith communities to take action for increased food security and sustainable agriculture.

What we eat; where we source our food; how we cultivate, raise animals and fish; how we treat the environment; how we address inequity and injustice related to food - are all existential issues for humanity. But they are also profoundly political and deeply spiritual dimensions that influence the present and future of humanity, creation and the world.

Millions of people experience hunger and malnourishment related to conflict and climate change. Almost a billion face chronic hunger and malnutrition, while well over a billion face the health consequences of obesity, as poor diets high in cheap, processed foods are leading to a rise of non-communicable diseases.

At the same time, between one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted.

 

Food as a right, a need, and a responsibility
The WCC Food for Life Campaign works to ensure that decisions taken within the United Nations processes do not negatively impact global food security, the lives and livelihoods of smallholder food producers or increase competition for their lands.

To achieve this, the campaign:

  • Promotes just and sustainable food systems through international policy and practice
  • Mobilizes action and reflection for food justice
  • Provides opportunities for education and formation on the right to food and sustainable agriculture among faith communities
Churches’ Week of Action on Food

An annual week-long global campaign initiated by the WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance invites the global ecumenical movement and organisations, community-based organisations and faith-based organisations to act collectively for food-justice.

Ten Commandments of Food

Address the existential challenge of hunger and inequity in an innovative and spiritually engaging manner.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit’s address to the Seminar on Food and Water for Life (Hong Kong, 4 May 2019)

Food is central to life and our faith. It is a blessing and a gift of God, in the form of the abundant creation which we depend on for our sustenance. Food is also a reflection of the quality of our relationships with each other- our caring for the other and the sharing of resources and the hospitality we show each other. Food is central to our worship life, our liturgy and the Eucharist, which helps us to be one with God and with each other.

General Secretary

Dr Manoj Kurian, coordinator of the WCC-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Email: mku@wcc-coe.org