Accra, 02 June, 2022 / 9:36 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a message ahead the Solemnity of Pentecost, urged governments and humanitarian organizations to take necessary measures to ensure that “no one dies from lack of basic food.”
In their message shared with ACI Africa Thursday, June 2, the leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) says, “The year 2022 is marked by unprecedented scale of hunger across the world, due to the effects of the COVID19 pandemic, climate change, prolonged wars and in particular the war in Ukraine.”
“According to the conclusions of the Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) 2022, in 2021 some 193 million people were severely food insecure and in need of urgent assistance in 53 countries/territories and the outlook for global acute food insecurity in 2022 is projected to deteriorate further compared to 2021. And most of these famine-stricken countries are in Africa,” Catholic Bishops in Africa say.
In the statement signed by the President of SECAM, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, the Bishops appeal to African governments and humanitarian organizations operating in Africa “to do everything possible to ensure that no one dies from lack of basic food.”
“We also encourage the development of effective policies and programs that value local food production and combat food waste, protect agricultural land and ensure its access to the peasant population,” they further say in the two-page statement circulated ahead of Pentecost Sunday, June 5.