Churches in West Africa celebrate Food Security and Nutrition

From 15th to 22nd October 2018October 15 to 22, 2018 the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA) celebrate the Churches' Week of Action on Food Security and Nutrition. The theme of this year’s celebration is: "Food sovereignty through local agricultural production"

This in week of action, which is an annual week-long global campaign initiated by the World Council of Churches-Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA), invites the global ecumenical movement and organisations, community-based organisations and faith-based organisations to act collectively for food-justice.

In a world that produces enough and more food for all, but where one third of it is wasted and 795 million people around the globe go to sleep hungry, we pray for the strength to stand with the oppressed and overcome greed and injustice” says Rev. Dr. Fidèle Fifamè HOUSSOU-GANDONOU, the Regional Coordinator of FECCIWA.

For the Secretary General of FECCIWA, the Very Rev. Dr. Jacques AGNIMEL Gnagne, "God has provided his creation with all kinds of fruit trees so that there is food in abundance for men and women ."

“We pray and hope that churches can help people live responsibly and be the catalyst for change in our society,” adds Dr Manoj KURIAN, coordinator of the WCC-EAA and the "Food for Life" Campaign.

The week of action includes World Food Day (16 October) as well as International Day of Rural Women (15 October), and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October).

A collection of “Prayers and action to overcome hunger” is available to support churches and communities in mobilizing and praying during the week. FECCIWA organizes a food fair on Saturday, October 20th, at Assemblies of God Church of Togo, parish of Lomé II, to promote organic agriculture, and the consumption of local agricultural products. An ecumenical thanksgiving worship service is also scheduled on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at the International Pentecostal Church of Togo, Yokoè Parish.

 

Program of the week

Prayers and action to overcome hunger

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