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Week 1: Land and Water

Humankind is related to the land and the environment from the beginning of creation: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

Today, many developed countries invest in land abroad to support their growing populations. Local communities get pushed off their lands without consultation. Control over the land often goes hand in hand with control over water resources.

Land and water grabbing are a threat to livelihoods of small-scale peasants, pastoralists and indigenous people.

Bible Reflection: Adamah – the land we come from

Ani Ghazaryan, a young theologian from the Armenian Apostolic Church, reflects on the relation between humankind and earth. Read more...

Background & resources: 

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and EWN provide an overview of the effects of land and water grabbing on communities. The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2010 analyzes the link between land grabbing and the right to food and nutrition. Read more...

What you can do:

Sign a letter to the Food and Agriculture Organization in support of the food and land rights of vulnerable communities. Read more...