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Caritas on Food

Food

In the Gospel story of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus fed the multitude. Today, millions of people go to bed hungry even though there’s an abundance of food in this world. Caritas works on every level to ensure the hungry are fed.

As a confederation of more than 160 Catholic organisations, Caritas focuses its joint efforts on how climate change effects the ability of the world’s poor and vulnerable to feed themselves.

Food is an essential need for everyone and a lack of nutritious food not only harms health but deeply wounds people’s fundamental dignity.

Caritas advocates for the right to food, where everyone receives nutritious and adequate food.

Feed the man dying of hunger, because if you have not fed him, you have killed him (Gratian, C.21, dist. 86)

Caritas updates on Food

  • Darfur voices: Farming hands

Darfur voices: Farming hands

  • 4 August 2014
People are finding it increasingly difficult to return to their villages because of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel groups and the inter-ethnic fighting between tribes, and so they are doing what they can to make a life for themselves inside the camps.
  • Prize of 10,000 euros for women beating hunger

Prize of 10,000 euros for women beating hunger

  • 5 May 2014
In places where people were starving, women are now feeding their families and communities. Caritas and the Fidel Goetz Foundation want to celebrate the achievements of these women.
  • How the EU can champion the fight against hunger

How the EU can champion the fight against hunger

  • 15 April 2014
Caritas Europa says the European Union should support the eradication of worldwide hunger as a priority for the post-2015 agenda, and push for a clear definition of a “Zero Hunger” goal.
  • Help Senegal battle hunger

Help Senegal battle hunger

  • 15 April 2014
Almost a fifth of households in Senegal are going hungry. The situation is predicted to worsen over the next few months.
  • Niger bishop on the effect of hunger on his life and his country

Niger bishop on the effect of hunger on his life and his country

  • 14 April 2014
There are four million people who are desperately hungry in Niger now after poor rains which affected the harvest. If we don’t do anything, that will double to seven million within two months. That’s half the population of the entire country.
Our key areas on Food
How Caritas works on Food

Caritas addresses today’s food problems by working on the root causes of hunger and food scarcity. It promotes investment in agricultural and rural development. Part of the solution is also ensuring that communities are made less vulnerable to the more frequent extreme weather brought by climate change. Read more about these efforts here.

Resources

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Download What climate change means for feeding the planet: A Caritas Internationalis reflection paper (pdf)