Addressing Hunger Through Livelihoods and Food Security
“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”
~Pope Francis, Address to the Food and Agricultural Organization, June 20, 2013
What would it take to end world hunger? In the spirit of the 2014 Caritas Internationalis One Human Family, Food for All campaign, the fall 2014 GSN will reflect on this question by drawing on CRS’ deep experience in agriculture, livelihoods, and food assistance, along with the agency’s long history of advocating for the world’s neediest. What are the principles CRS works by related to hunger and how does CRS’ integral human development approach build on a community’s assets and address needs in a wholistic way? In a world with limited natural resources, how are environmental and economic sustainability intertwined imperatives in development work today? And, finally, what role do we have in addressing the global hunger problem?
Session 1 –Markets and Livelihoods (September 22-October 3, 2014)
Potential topics to be covered: Inclusive value chain relationships (one example of which would be farmers’ cooperatives selling in a fair trade market), the use of technology and other innovations to improve access to markets, public/private partnerships in the value chain as a means for increasing producer profit, and the way gender as well as conflict sensitivity is woven throughout CRS’ livelihoods work.
Session 2 –Natural Resources and Food Security (November 3-November 14, 2014)
Potential topics to be covered: The impact of natural resource degradation and severe weather in the world’s poorest regions, climate-smart development practices, watershed and other natural resource protection in development work today, shifts in disaster preparedness and response efforts related to severe weather, and care for natural resources as articulated in an integral human development framework.