Campaign 2024

September 8 - Advent 1 2024

Campaign theme

We shed light on the importance of education for ecologically sustainable development in Latin America, Africa and Switzerland.

Actions to participate

Raise awareness for a resource-conserving and environmentally friendly way of life in Switzerland.

Ideas for the classroom and for worship services

Discuss the idea of ecologically sustainable development in Latin America, Africa and worldwide.

Order campaign material

Our materials will help you introduce and deepen the campaign theme within your church community.

Campaign theme

"Learning from each other, living sustainably"

How can we support affected countries in the Global South and learn from them at the same time? How can we ourselves make a contribution to climate justice?

Both are urgently needed in a world that is increasingly affected by the consequences of global warming. In order to combat climate change, we need to reduce emissions on the one hand and work across borders on the other. Droughts, droughts and floods threaten particularly vulnerable groups in society.

Your donation to our projects for food sovereignty and climate justice will help to preserve the valuable knowledge of indigenous and farming communities in the Global South and enrich it with modern agroecological knowledge.

 

So that you can inform and raise awareness in your parish, we will support you during our 2024 campaign with presentations by our experts and international employees, with our suggestions for worship services or lessons or with ideas for activities on the campaign theme.

It would be great if we could work together for food sovereignty worldwide. Thank you very much.

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elva story

From reserved gold prospector to self-confident vegetable farmer: Peruvian Elva Apaza Quispe has changed. Thanks to her roots in Andean culture - and thanks to the impetus and further training provided by our partner organization CEDEPAS-Centro in Peru.

Elva Apaza Quispe's everyday life used to be
gray and insecure. Her family of eight lives
near Arapa, north of Lake Titicaca. Here in the
High Andes of Peru, at almost 4,000 meters above
sea, the ground is barren and Elva struggled,
to grow anything: "We could only grow onions
and harvest a bit of lettuce. We didn't know,
how to achieve sustainable returns." To
to earn money for food and school fees,
Elva therefore worked for months in the
Mining town of La Rinconada, around three hours
bus ride away from her home and on
5,100 m above sea level.

Today, Elva grows so many vegetables that her family has enough to eat on a regular basis. She sells the surplus and
earns some money. The boiler provides hot water for showering and cooking and this has had a positive effect on the health of the family, especially the children.

→ Read the full story of Elva Apaza Quispe in our campaign magazine.

Facts and figures on nutrition

Although enough food is produced worldwide, millions of people still suffer from hunger. Mission 21 has set itself the goal of promoting food sovereignty through further training in agroecological farming methods, while respecting the valuable ancient knowledge of indigenous and farming communities. In this way, soils and fields can be cultivated in harmony with nature, climate-damaging greenhouse gases can be bound into the soil and new food systems can be created with local seeds, organic fertilizers and small winter gardens, which provide families with nutritious food in the long term. 

The facts are alarming: nearly 830 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger and 193 million are at risk of acute hunger. Two billion people are affected by malnutrition. All of this particularly affects women in rural areas: around 75 percent of those affected are women. Action and especially support for women is urgently needed.

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What is food sovereignty?

Food sovereignty means that all people should have access to a just food system. They should be able to produce sufficient nutritious food locally and sustainably. To this end, traditional, indigenous knowledge should be renewed and supplemented with current ecological knowledge. This would also strengthen democracy and self-determination.

Mission 21 and its partner organizations link this concept to the following goals:

Smallholder families produce high-quality food according to agroecological principles and eat a healthy and balanced diet all year round.

The families cultivate the fields in a resource-conserving manner and in harmony with nature. Soil and water management is sustainable and takes into account new challenges in the context of climate change.

Women and men participate in political processes at local and regional level to promote agroecology and food sovereignty. Equal opportunities for women and their participation in decision-making processes are particularly promoted.

Where production surpluses occur, families receive further training and support in marketing the products and income generation.

Doc Series: Food Sovereignty in the Andes

Watch our 5-part documentary on our food sovereignty projects in the Andes here.

Part 1

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Part 2

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Agroecological cultivation methods

Agroecology combines trans- and interdisciplinary knowledge by linking the social with the ecological dimension and combining traditional, as well as local knowledge with scientific findings. Agroecology also makes particular use of small-scale, diversified farming systems. It focuses on optimizing nutrient cycles and the interaction with local ecosystems. The basis for optimization is the available natural resources of sun, water, soil, species and variety diversity, as well as the knowledge of the local people and communities.

Agroecological agriculture in the Andes

In Latin America, our partners are working intensively with over 4,000 quechua and a smallholder farmers to ensure their right to food and create new income opportunities for them. This is because global warming is creating major challenges: Water shortages, extreme frosts, and increased diseases and pests threaten crops in the Andean belt and the livelihoods of the population.

This is where we come in, with our partners training and supporting farmers in agroecological farming, sustainable cultivation and irrigation, and healthy nutrition. By using agroecological methods, the participants manage the soil and fields in harmony with nature and create sustainable nutritional foundations. Local seeds, organic fertilizers and small winter gardens ensure a sustainable and nutritious meal for the families.

Commonly used methods in agroecological farming include:

Biological pest control instead of the use of pesticides

Use of self-produced organic fertilizer instead of chemical fertilizer

Production and use of local seeds

Reduced tillage

 Cultivation of mixed varieties and mixed crops

Undersowing legumes

Diversified crop rotation

Incorporation of bush and tree stands following agroforestry practices

Establishment of a natural balance between crop production and animal husbandry

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Actions to participate

Our contribution to climate justice

Alternative farming models and food production systems would not only offer promising solutions for dealing with the climate crisis in Switzerland, but would also have a positive impact on (soil) biodiversity, water and soil protection, and thus on Switzerland's ecosystems. However, promoting and implementing alternative agricultural management methods and modified food production systems in Switzerland that lead to a measurable positive impact on the environment requires a willingness to act on the part of all stakeholders involved - from farmers, wholesale distributors and politicians to consumers.

What can be our contribution as consumers?

Reduce consumption of animal products

Prefer products from organic production

Seasonal and regional food consumption

Direct purchase of agricultural products from farmers

Minimize food waste in the household

Become part of our campaign

Raise awareness with a campaign in your parish on the topic of education for ecologically sustainable development in Latin America, Africa and Switzerland.

The campaign runs from September 8 to Mission Sunday on Advent Day.
Suitable dates for church services, events or campaigns could be:

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Distribute our seasonal calendar in your parish

The seasonal calendar helps us to buy seasonally and regionally. In this way, we can all contribute to our health and the climate.

Support our educational work with a collection and give away our seasonal calendar as a thank-you gift. For example, after a Thanksgiving service.

You can download the seasonal calendar for free or order it as a poster.

Raise awareness for conscious giving with our gift donation offer

Our gift donation offer "Give a ray of hope" also fits in with the "less consumption" approach. This not only follows the idea of conscious giving, but also supports socially and ecologically relevant projects in the Global South.

Take part in the promotion of our gift donation offer "Give a ray of hope" and order our posters and flyers. You can hang them up and place them in the parish hall. Especially at Christmas time, this is a suitable campaign to give churchgoers a beautiful and sustainable gift idea.

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Support our Christmas card sales

Order our Christmas cards with illustrations of regional foods from the Global South and Switzerland.

Sell them, for example, on the 1st Advent, Mission Sunday, in your parish hall or church. With the sale you support our educational projects in Latin America and Africa for ecologically sustainable development.

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Interview

"Climate change is an opportunity to reshape our environment".

Birsmattehof in Therwil, BL supplies the Basel region with top-quality organic vegetables. Pio Jaworski has also been working at the farm for eight years. Together with other colleagues, he ensures that the vegetable baskets are packed and delivered and is responsible for contact with customers. Jaworski studied environmental and resource management - something he is now also very practically involved in.

► Read interview

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Yes to the climate law: Churches also have a duty to act

The Yes vote on the climate protection law was well received by church organizations. If Switzerland wants to achieve net zero by 2050, the churches must now also put their foot down. 

Contribution with Katharina Gfeller, Head of International Relations Mission 21

Ideas for the classroom and for worship services

Teaching idea

Sustainable living - what is important?

The life story of Elva Apaza Quispe
shows impressively how difficult it is to survive
for the rural population in the Andes. But
agroecological projects can be a real
be a "game-changer": securing the food supply, the
Protect the environment and create self-confidence.
A lesson or an evening to
The topic can be of interest to young people and adults
open up new horizons.

 

 

 

 

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Teaching idea

"How does the world eat?"

Together, take a closer look at the world's staple foods. Become aware: People eat very differently around the world. Culinary traditions are diverse.

Discovering this awakens the joy and openness for intercultural encounters. Together at the table, people from different cultures can come together and exchange ideas. Eating together connects.

Book our workshops

We would be happy to come to your parish and run a workshop to match the campaign theme. For adults or young people. For example:

"Justice goes through the stomach"

Food sovereignty means that all people have access to a fair and self-determined food system. To achieve this, traditional knowledge must be renewed, local cultivation promoted and supplemented with the latest ecological findings. How can this be achieved?

→ More about our range of workshops

Teaching material in our store

Worship idea

Learning from each other, living sustainably

We offer you inspiring suggestions for your church service on the topics of education, food sovereignty and the life situation of Elva Apaza Quispe from Peru. For example, you can organize a service on our campaign theme for Thanksgiving or on the 1st of Advent (which is also Mission Sunday). You can download a detailed ideas paper and a presentation.

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Teaching idea

Book "World Arts" as an event in your parish

"World Arts" is a one-hour musical-poetic journey around the world.

Until fall 2024 Rebecca Hagmann and Priska Stampfli take us around the world on cello and accordion. They are inspired by melodies and songs from all continents. Poems from other cultures - always newly arranged - open up new approaches to other worlds and allow the listeners to become part of a fascinating learning community. Thematically, this hour of music and poetry moves between growing and becoming, waiting and hoping: in the
Nature, in creation, in life.

From summer 2024 starts a second season with the Togo-born Swiss artist Afi Sika Kuzeawu, who accompanies stories about "Education and Beans" with her voice and double bass. Her strength lies in making inner worlds audible, thereby bringing other life contexts closer and making previous boundaries more permeable. In this way, the topic of "food sovereignty in the hands of women" becomes audible in a different way.

Teaching idea

Book our experts

Whether for a church service, themed evening or general assembly: we will arrange an exchange with our experts from Nigeria and Peru and present the projects and the campaign theme to you in your parish.

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Yakubu Joseph
Coordinator Nigeria

"The problem of food insecurity requires adaptation. Agricultural practices must adapt to the problems of climate change. Appropriate technologies will be used that can meet people's needs based on available resources."

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Ebed Grijalva Yauri
Responsible for agroecology and rural development, Peru

"It is important to integrate sustainable agricultural practices, respect natural ecosystems and promote biodiversity, in our case to value the knowledge and wisdom of ancestors and create a process of mutual learning."

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Janet Kefas
Agricultural scientist and participant in Mission 21's Youth Embassy Program.

"Farmers often do not have the necessary means to run their businesses. Access to capital should be made easier. Furthermore, more jobs would have to be created for agricultural students."

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Alexandra Flury-Schölch

Pastor and director of studies

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Golda Fuentes

Program Manager Latin America

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Christian Weber

Pastor and director of studies

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Jacqueline Brunner

Responsible church partnerships

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Jacqueline Brunner

Responsible church partnerships

Take part in our webinar:

What does the food crisis have to do with (neo)colonial food systems?
Wednesday, November 23, 2024, 18.15 to 19.45 h, online

Today, 735 million people suffer from chronic hunger - predominantly women and children in rural areas. At the same time, over 900 million tons of food are thrown away every year - a quarter of which would be enough to feed the hungry. What developments have led to the global food crisis? How can food sovereignty be strengthened through biodiverse, sustainable, local agriculture?

→ More about our educational offer

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Monika Di Pietrantonio
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Order campaign material

Use our diverse suggestions for teaching and worship. All materials can be ordered through our store. Below you will find an overview of the materials.

Our food sovereignty projects worldwide

Hope thanks to your support

Mission 21
Protestant Mission Basel

PO Box 270
Missionsstrasse 21
4009 Basel, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)61 260 21 20
info@mission-21.org

Donation account Switzerland:
IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 4072 6233 2
Tax exemption number:
CHE-105.706.527

Donation account Germany:
Savings Bank Lörrach-Rheinfelden
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BLZ: 683 500 48
IBAN: DE39 6835 0048 0001 0323 33
Account No. : 1032333

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