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CWS says local action against hunger needed

NEW YORK (CWS) If 2010 was the year of large-scale disasters — including the devastating Haiti earthquake and wide-spread floods in Pakistan — 2011 is likely to be the year when issues of hunger become increasingly significant on the global stage, international humanitarian organization Church World Service (CWS) says in a New Year’s assessment.

The relief and development agency that includes the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) among its members also says that 2011 will need to be the year of ground level action, with governments, local communities, and humanitarian players taking the lead to enact their own solutions to hunger and food crises.

“The hungry and poor can’t afford to wait for world bodies to solve the problems,” said CWS Executive Director and CEO John L. McCullough. One thing they can do to improve their own access to more and better quality food is with small-scale homestead, or “back yard” gardening.

“At ground level, development agencies are making that trend more of a priority than ever, focusing on fresh, cheap and sustainable ways for vulnerable families to grow much of their own food and nutritional sufficiency,” he said. “But there’s still much to be done.”