The 2016 fall issue of CJI’s Mission News is now available and may be downloaded in PDF format from here.
This issue focuses on food security and food sovereignty and it does so at a time of harvest and thanksgiving in Canada. We are invited to be mindful of the bounty of God’s creation, but also of growing inequality of food security around the world—and why so many people still go hungry. In her editorial, Madeline Lunney notes that many people do not control their own food production and distribution and that “resolute moral and political action” are required to realize food security for all. That is something we can work on together with our partners in this season of thanksgiving.
In the cover article, Joseph Xavier SJ shares news from India about an important new initiative called Lok Manch (People’s Forum), which aims to address hunger and malnutrition by empowering people on the margins of society to claim their entitlements under the law, especially since the Indian government’s passage of the National Food Security Act. The following feature articles highlight what is being done for food security in Zambia by Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) and in two Latin American countries by the Comparte (Share) network.
A number of other articles in the newsletter also continue with the theme of food security. For example, Mary Ellen Sullivan shares the significance of Father Abraham’s legacy at the SOJASI agricultural institute in Darjeeling, India; we have an update of assistance to earthquake victims in Ecuador; and there is a special Thanksgiving prayer written with the needs of displaced Syrians in mind.
We hope that, along with us, you are challenged in a good way by the contents of this issue and by the work and perspectives of our partners and colleagues. If you are able to make a Thanksgiving gift to the work of CJI for food security and food sovereignty, or to consider a legacy gift, please use the contact information in the newsletter or
Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!