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Food Week of Action and World Food Day


Healthy Soils!

Sunday, October 11-18; October 16 (World Food Day)




Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!

The global Churches Week of Action on Food (October 11-18) is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about farming approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty.  We are called also to examine our food choices and call for policy changes that will ensure the right to food for everyone.  

Global Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (Oct. 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17). 

A woman with a baby farming

Let people near and far know what you have planned for October, Food Week or World Food Day!  Fill out this easy form to get on the map.

MAP of Actions and Events

LISTING of Actions and Events

SOILS is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action, as 2015 is the UN International Year of Soils.

  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food.
  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.
  • Soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total species.
  • Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.
  • Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

Agroecological farming (see Agroecology) builds up the soil and increases the nutritional value of food grown in it. Farmers practicing the sustainable practices of agroecology should be getting greater assistance with research, agricultural extension and financial support. Instead they are pressured to adopt the seeds and practices of industrial agriculture and to grow for large or export markets. Smaller-scale farmers are being pushed off their lands by policies such as these and by land grabs around the world.

According to the FAO, nearly 90% of the estimated 570 million farms worldwide are family farms, 83% being small farms measuring 2 hectares or less.

Small- and medium-scale family farmers, who practice agroecology and own their land or have long-term tenancy, are the caretakers of the soil, the land and our ability to thrive. They serve as the primary preservers of traditional food and seeds, the land and ecosystems, and cultural heritage while contributing to local economies. 

Watch the recording of Adamah & Adam - Earthlings Building Food Justice, September’s webinar featuring a theologian, a soil scientist, a farmer, and a food sovereignty advocate presenting on soil and food justice. 

Faith in Action!

World Food Day Logo

2015 Solidarity Actions

1) With Farmworkers! Begin by Boycotting Sakuma Berries!
Support Familias Unidas por la Justicia in their struggle for a union contract.

2) With Family Farmers! The Trans-Pacific Partnership will likely hurt small-scale family farmers, the environment and democracy. Learn more and stay tuned for actions.

3) With Food Workers! Watch for workers organizing in your area and support them. UCC has a great list of groups and ways to ‘Stand with Workers’.

4) For Climate Justice! 2015’s Climate Negotiations are critical to the health of the planet and the livelihoods of tens of millions of people.  Learn about climate & food/farm connections and join with communities united for a just transition. Learn here 1 2  3  4 and take action now. 

Other Actions and Activity Ideas

Join the event on Facebook! for daily action suggestions and to get updates.

Celebrate the Winners of the Food Sovereignty Prize. Learn about the 2015 winners at and register to attend the ceremony (gratis) in Des Moines, Iowa on October 14. Like for updates.

Join the Zero Hunger Challenge
Individuals and groups can join ZHC, an initiative of the United Nations to raise awareness and build a movement around eliminating hunger.

Share your food story with a captioned photo, video or written social media post (e.g. YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), using the hashtag #myfoodstory via @e_alliance and @presbyhunger. 

Get your hands in the dirt: Plan a trip to your nearest farm to meet (and help!) the farmer and learn more about the challenges and joys of food production. Consider joining or starting a community garden. How-to and other ideas here: 

Celebrate local foods and knowledge: Organize a community fair that showcases local food producers and shares the stories of farmers and people involved in food justice. 

Worship and Theological Resources

Girls clapping2014 Food Week Liturgy

World Food Day Prayer
(from the Presbyterian Hunger Program)

Sample Sermons for Inspiration
The page includes the winning sermon by Rev. Dr. Randall Bush, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA, who was the guest preacher at the Food Week of Action worship service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 October 2011. Read his sermon, “Fields of Gold” (Ruth 1:22-2:7).

Food for Life: A Theological Paper
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, 2011

See the EAA website for additional worship, education and action resources.

Educational Materials

Girls eating vegetables

Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty Into Action
WhyHunger is proud to release its first agroecology publication, Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action.
Y en español, Ponerla Soberanía Alimentaria en Práctica

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance – Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-ecology
This draft discussion document presents the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s views and recommendations for Rio +20 on the need for further recognition of the full range of benefits of agro-ecological methods of food production and the support that is needed to use them on a wider scale.

Food Chain Avengers: A Food Justice & Worker Justice Comic Book
20 million people work in the food system in the U.S., joining millions around the world who labor on farms and in meat, poultry and food processing facilities, warehouses, grocery stores and restaurants. The food system is the largest employer in the U.S. and the majority of frontline food workers earn poverty wages. In the U.S., a third of food workers suffer from food insecurity and hunger.

Climate and Food Center Spread from the PHP Post (Presbyterian Hunger Program Justice Journal) -Infographic on how climate change impacts hunger and poverty.

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) Fact Sheet
The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agro-ecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.

Co-sponsors of Food Week

  • Abundant Table/Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries
  • Agricultural Missions, Inc.
  • Alianza es Alianza para el Buen Vivir, la Paz y la Sustentabilidad
  • Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness
  • Churchwork
  • Come to the Table, RAFI-USA
  • EcoC2S
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
  • Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • Grassroots International
  • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
  • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • National Farm Worker Ministry
  • Oikotree: Justice at the Heart of Faith
  • Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Seattle Tilth
  • United Church of Christ (UCC), Justice and Witness Ministries
  • US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA)
  • World Vision International

MAP of Actions and Events 

Let people near and far know what you have planned for October, Food Week or World Food Day!  Fill out this easy form to get on the map.

LISTING of Actions and Events (google account required; 2014 actions/events are currently listed; 2015 events will replace these.