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EWDC Conference

Food Matters

This event will bring together leading theologians, policy experts and activists to grapple with vital questions about food, hunger and poverty.

Presentations, discussions, workshops and worship will look at our theology of food, how we enable food security in a resource constrained and overheating planet, who has the power over our food systems and how they are using it.

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We will also hear inspiring examples of ways in which these issues are being addressed by individuals, churches and agencies, and explore how we can all be part of the solution, both locally and globally.

Organised by a coalition of Christian development agencies, campaigning organisations and denominations, EWDC is a unique opportunity for Christians with an interest in global poverty and justice issues to meet, share and learn.

Participants will leave informed, stimulated and equipped to play their part in tacklingone of the greatest challenges of our age.


  • Tim Aldred is Progressio’s Head of Policy and Communications and hasworked on food security issues in humanitarian and development contexts.

  • Anne Bayley is a priest in the Diocese of Hereford, a former Professor of Medicine in Zambia, and co-author of More and Better Food.

  • Alison Doig is climate change adviser at Christian Aid.

  • Jayati Ghosh is one of the world’s leading economists and development commentators, and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

  • Tim Gorringe is a Professor of Theological Studies at the University of Exeter. His work focuses on the interrelation between theology, social science, art and politics.

  • Christopher Jones is the founder and President of the Farm Crisis Network, and co-ordinator of the Agricultural Christian Fellowship.

  • Patrick Mulvany is a Policy Adviser at Practical Action and chair of the UK Food Group.

  • Howard Petch is former Principal of Bishop Burton Agricultural College.

  • Ruth Valerio is an academic and community activist who has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues.

Worship will be led by Martin John Nicholls of Christian Aid.


Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy travel links, the Hayes Conference Centre is spacious and well-equipped. It has excellent facilities and food.

Download the leaflet and booking form here


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