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World Food Day reflection

16 October 2013

Thank you for joining us in prayer and reflection. This is the last of the weekly Our Daily Bread reflections for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

Please visit the CAFOD, Christian Aid and Tearfund websites to find out how you can continue to reflect, pray and act around issues of global poverty.

man in mustard field

'Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people sharing all the world....'

These lyrics from John Lennon come to mind as I dream of a future world on World Food Day (16 October), which this year raises awareness about sustainable food systems.

Can you imagine a world without hunger?

  • This is possible in our lifetime, for everyone. But we can only achieve it collectively.' 

Maxwell, a 41-year-old village chief in Malawi, has the same dream. 'I would like to see every person able to feed their family,' he says.

Like Maxwell, I long to see a world where everyone will have enough to eat. This is what I was lobbying and campaigning for as part of the IF campaign, along with more than 50,000 other people, at rallies in London and Belfast in June.

This is my dream - for all of us to have our daily bread.

People eat healthy meals together. Some grow food on their own farms, allotments or urban rooftops. 

Children all over the world have a varied diet, rich in the micronutrients they need for their brains and bodies to develop fully.

People buy more fairly traded products. We plan meals with good quality food that's in season, love leftovers and waste less. We eat better quality, organic food, less meat and dairy, and buy food that has been produced locally.

Farmers around the world get a good price for the food they grow and earn enough to feed their families. They withstand droughts and floods.

Food reaches the consumer, rather than being wasted in storage or transport. Many farmers use organic methods and limited chemical fertilisers. We are more connected to people who produce food and understand our impact on people's livelihoods and the earth's natural resources.

Women have their own seeds, livestock, land and tools to feed their families. Young people, farmers' organisations and indigenous people are empowered with more rights.

Government leaders all over the world prioritise food security. Land, fisheries and forests are governed more responsibly and transparently...

This is possible in our lifetime - for Maxwell, for his village, for everyone. But we can only achieve it collectively.

The IF campaign has drawn to a close around World Food Day this week, but we can still push the government to stick to the commitments that they made on nutrition, agriculture, tax and transparency in land deals.

Thank you for campaigning and praying with us for an end to hunger.

We can be encouraged by these promises from God for those who are hungry:

'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.' (Matthew 5:6).

'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' (Revelation 21:4).

Now, let us continue to pray and act for those who are still hungry, and for a better world where people are no longer hungry and world leaders take action to achieve this.

Jo Khinmaung, senior policy adviser on food security in Tearfund's Advocacy and Media department.


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