Caritas has always helped people feed themselves rather than relying on handouts. With the more extreme weather brought by climate change, this is more important than ever. If people are stripped of their assets and pushed deeper into poverty it becomes a vicious cycle where putting food on their family’s plates becomes even harder.
Caritas believes in looking forward by building communities’ preparedness, resilience and adaptation skills. If they are given the skills, tools, seeds and finance to escape subsistence agriculture, hunger can be banished.
Caritas also advocates for the universal right to food. It is working to put this at the heart of all policy decisions, particularly those on climate change, and for global food governance to be reformed. It wants investment in ecological family farming which supports the poor, increases productivity and enables less wealthy consumers to benefit from lower food prices.