Throughout the last year, Development and Peace’s Sow Much Love campaign was led in parishes, schools, neighbourhoods, and farmers’ markets across the country, to bring attention to the vital role that small family farmers play as stewards of the world’s seeds, and in fighting hunger in the Global South.
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The International Day of Peasant Struggles was established in 1996 by the international peasant movement La Via Campesina to commemorate the April 17th massacre of 19 landless Brazilian peasants. It is a day that provides an opportunity to celebrate the solidarity and resistance of peasant movementsworldwide ,and to strengthen alliances between people in rural and urban settings so as to create a society founded on dignity and social justice for all.
I felt very fortunate to have been given the chance, through Development and Peace’s Sow Much Love photo contest, to attend Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly in Halifax from November 13-15, 2014.
Food growers, food activists, food academics, and food policymakers came together at the 8th annual Food Secure Canada Global Assembly, Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All, in Halifax to share experiences, research, and strategies on the best ways to ensure that people across Canada and around the world will be able to feed themselves. The focus was on how to produce healthy, nutritious food in a sustainable way, so that we will be able to continue to feed ourselves into the future.
From November 13-16, Food Secure Canada will be hosting its National Assembly in Halifax. Development and Peace is co-sponsoring the event, which will touch on many of the issues addressed in Development and Peace’s current campaign Sow Much Love, including the threat to small family farmers of losing access to their seeds.
To mark World Food Day and Caritas Internationalis’ Global Week of Action we asked you to show your support to small family farmers!
For our Show your Thanks photo contest, we asked you to take a photo of a family meal made with as many local and organic ingredients as possible. These photos send a strong message to our political leaders that we want local, organic food.
We are happy to announce the winner of our contest: Kira Paisley!
What do Canadians know about hunger in the world? That’s exactly what we wanted to find out!
In collaboration with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we worked with Ipsos to conduct a survey of 1,002 Canadians from across the country aged 18 years and older to find out their perceptions on hunger. The respondents were asked several questions that gauged their knowledge of the issue and what they see as ways to end the injustice of hunger.
You can see some of the results in the infographic below.
October 16th is World Food Day, and Development and Peace has some great visibility in Metro newspapers in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver thanks to an agreement with the news outlet!
In honour of World Food Day today, take action against hunger by joining in Development and Peace’s Sign the Petition Day! Raise your voice with other concerned Canadians from across the country and act in solidarity with small family farmers and peasants around the world!
To mark World Food Day, on October 16th, a new survey will be released that reveals that the majority of Canadians are concerned about world hunger and are willing to take action against it.
The survey, which was conducted by Ipsos and sponsored by the international development organizations Development and Peace and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, polled a random sample of 1,002 Canadians 18 years and older on their perceptions of world hunger.
This week, take action against hunger by participating in the Global Week of Action on Hunger. Now is the time to raise your voice with other concerned Canadians from across the country and Caritas organizations around the world who are taking action to respond to the global scandal of hunger.
One of the issues raised in Development and Peace’s latest campaign, Sow Much Love, is the increasing privatization of seeds in the Global South. This limits the ability of farmers to access seeds, as well as to save, exchange and reuse their seeds, which are age-old traditions that ensure food security and promote biodiversity.
As part of the Sow Much Love campaign, Development and Peace is launching an exciting photo contest called Show Your Thanks!
Development and Peace has launched a new campaign to raise awareness on the crucial role of small family farmers in the Global South in feeding the world, and the growing threat to their right to save, exchange and use their seeds.
Under the slogan, Sow Much Love, the campaign encourages Canadians to take action to support small family farmers in defending their rights in the face of the increasing privatization of seeds.
At Development and Peace, we believe that there is room at the table for all. However, 1 billion people are still suffering from hunger – that’s 1 in 8 people of the entire human family! This fall, Development and Peace continues to answer the call of Pope Francis to fight the global scandal of hunger, by launching an education campaign about the role of women and men family farmers in fighting hunger.
This fall, Development and Peace will focus its education campaign on the injustice of world hunger, and the importance of supporting small family farmers as key to feeding the planet. We began to raise awareness on this issue during our last Share Lent campaign by joining in the global Caritas Internationalis campaign called One Human Family, Food for All. This theme inspires us to take action to ensure that all of our brothers and sisters around the world have enough food to eat.