Nairobi, 27 May, 2022 / 4:43 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA), a department of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), are calling on governments across the world to stop using crop-based feedstocks in biofuels as millions face starvation globally amid increased food prices.
In an article published Thursday, May 26, JENA officials regret the fact that world leaders and governments are not acting with “speed and seriousness” yet the food crisis is demanding.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said global food prices have reached record highs in a decade and poorer countries will be hit harder by the crisis.
“In the face of the current crisis, with millions of people facing starvation, we call on governments to immediately halt the use of food and feed crop-based feedstocks in biofuels and stop pushing for opening up biodiversity set aside areas for food production,” JENA officials say.
They reiterate Pope Francis’ calls to build economies that give life instead of killing it.