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Call for stories on trade, food production and distribution

21. June 2010

    For the whole of humanity, access to adequate, safe, and nutritious food has always formed one of the foundations of a just, peaceful and sustainable world. Hunger is not caused by insufficient food in the world but is the result of unfair trade, production and distribution systems. There is currently enough food produced to feed everyone, but more than a billion people don't have enough to eat, and climate change will likely make this worse. We believe the underlying problem is that food is produced within structures which are unjust to small scale producers. This calls us to work together to expose and eradicate the causes of hunger by highlighting both good and bad practices, in large- and small-scale food production. To help churches and policy makers understand what this means, EAA is collecting stories and case studies. Thus the EAA launches this call for cases and stories that give positive examples (where food production, trade and distribution are just and sustainable) and negative examples (where it is unjust). 

    What can you do?

    1. Share stories you know by using the template below to provide either:

    • A brief description of cases or stories illustrating positive examples of just food production, trade and distribution or;

    • Stories of how unjust food production, trade and distribution systems impact on the livelihoods of people.

    2. Please share this call with your partners and networks and encourage their participation.

    We plan to collect stories/case studies for use in education within churches, communities and partners, and for advocacy with governments and international agencies. The compiled report will be shared through the EAA website.


    Please submit stories and case studies before 26 November 2010 to amunzara@e-alliance.ch 

    Please visit en/s/food/food-and-hiv/http://www.e-alliance.ch/ for more information on the collection of case studies/stories.

    Template for Stories on Food Production, Trade and Distribution Systems

    Remark: The approximate size of the expected reply is indicated for each question. You may add appendices, and refer to them in this form. This form, once filled in, should not exceed five pages. We appreciate your understanding. Please fill in one form per case. Visual evidence (graphs, statistics, and pictures) is appreciated. You are free to narrate a story but the description should include the following elements:

    Contact name




    Phone number


    Fax number


    E-mail address




    Region/District within country


    Title of the case/story



    (Erase to keep only the three keywords that best describe your case)

    Dumping of cheap, subsidized food products, impact of the Green Revolution on agricultural production, agro-fuels, land grabbing, seed monopolies, seed contamination, Sustainable Food Production, organic agriculture, role of agro-ecological and knowledge intensive agricultural production, conservation farming, Food Aid and Food Security, social security and protection, women and access to land and ownership ; Impact of Genetically Modified Crops, others (please add)

    Summary of the case/story

    ½ a page-summarize the problem/case here


    ½ a page - assess the food security situation in your country, and how people living with HIV are affected. 

    Context Analysis 

    ½ page [Review government policies relevant to the suggested case study and identify gaps (either trade/food aid/food security). Be as specific as possible and address how the right to food is affected/ realized by this situation.

    Body of the Case Study/Story

    1 ½ pages: The body should highlight the problem posed by food production, trade or distribution systems or highlight the best practices to attaining food self-sufficiency and promotion of livelihoods. Visual evidence (graphs, statistics, and pictures) is well appreciated.


    1 page: Summarize the problem, findings and proposed recommendations.


    Please list any documents that you attach to this form.

    For past Action Alerts see http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/news/action-alerts/

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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