World Food Situation

World Food Situation

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1

MOTION by Mrs. Mary Ross was seconded, and passed

EC74 that the following statement be adopted:

In view of the alarming world food situation threatening multitudes of the world’s population with famine and starvation, and recognizing the gospel mandate for Christian people to meet such urgent human need:

Be it resolved that:

1. We encourage mission agencies and related church bodies to assist peoples to increase food production, and to teach good nutrition — a significant contribution to meeting the food crisis in places where people are undernourished;

2. We urge nations of the world to expedite the export and import of food, seed, and fertilizer among the nations;

3. We respectfully recommend that nations increase their budgets for relief and development efforts, and encourage the greater use of multilateral aid;

4. We encourage governments of the world to pursue migration policies that will permit equitable and stable distribution of population;

5. We encourage the United Nations and governments to enter into international agreements over fishing rights and to reduce pollution of the oceans, so that the oceans could be used as a greater food source;

6. We ask that nations free religious bodies (such as Baptist unions) from foreign exchange restrictions, sufficiently to permit them to give financial and/or material support to such international relief efforts (as Baptist World Alliance Relief);

7. We further ask governments to permit duty free entry of relief supplies to authorized church-related relief agents;

8. We encourage the United Nations and other such international agencies to continue to utilize the non- governmental organizations, including church relief agencies, in the distribution of food in areas of need;

9. We urge all persons in positions of responsibility to take all necessary steps to reduce waste and to develop all available resources for the production of more food;

10. We call upon pastors and other leaders to preach and teach the specific responsibility of those who have plenty, to pray, give, and even to reduce their caloric intake so that more of the limited food supply of the world could be made available to those who are in want;

11. It is our conviction that an efficient relief service cannot be enacted unless peace is preserved on earth. Famine and starvation — among other causes — are a natural consequence of wars. We feel that it is our Christian duty to be actively engaged in promoting understanding among nations, and action conducive to peace. Peace and justice are pre-conditions enabling nations to work with the hope of success upon meeting the urgent material needs of the world.

Following on Page 50:

Carl Tiller thanked the Resolutions Committee and stated that the adopted resolution subsequently would be presented to the World Food Conference scheduled in Rome, Italy. Certain portions of the resolution are expected to be released to the press by Communications Secretary C. E. Bryant. Tiller suggested that member conventions may wish to call appropriate paragraphs to the attention of their governments, and other paragraphs to the attention of their churches.

The following suggestion by Ruth Rohlfs regarding disposition of the resolution was accepted: “Because of the staff of the United Nations Environmental Center has extended itself to be helpful in briefing and working with members of our Baptist fellowship, and because we share concern for the quality of this earth…we recommend that the Baptist World Alliance submit a copy of the resolution to the United Nations Environmental Center, Nairobi, Kenya.”


BWA; Aid; Environmental Care; Hunger; Peace; Peacemaking; Relief Ministries; United Nations; War.


Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974), p. 49; see also p. 50.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1 World Food Situation;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1).

World Food Situation

World Hunger

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya:

2. Notes that October 16 is the anniversary date of the founding of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has been declared World Food Day.

3. Supports the proposal of BWAid that October be set aside as World Hunger Month and agrees with the following contentions:

  • that food for every child’s growth and for lifelong health is a basic human right;
  • that the well-being of farms and farm families is vital to national and world progress;
  • that careful stewardship of the land and water resources on which food production depends is a global responsibility;
  • that all nations would work together to build a fail-proof system for world food security and world food justice;
  • urges the BWA member bodies to participate in this observance, not as a single day or single month event but to be aware of the responsibility we have to hungry people around the world every day of the year.

With 15-20 million people dying from the effects of hunger each year, 40,000 each day, 28 each minute (21 of them children), half the world’s population going to bed hungry every night, 1.2 billion people without pure water, 1.6 billion without effective medical care, 12.6 million refugees, we need to hear again Christ’s statement: “As you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.”

4. Pleads for massive support from our Unions/Conventions, churches and individuals to do all that is in our power in both relief and development to reverse this situation which is an insult to the Creator and a crushing indictment on us all.

Furthermore, to bring pressure on those governments in a position to help to see it as a major priority in their economic planning. It is our conviction that food for the hungry can never be seen as a political weapon.


Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 69.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1 World Hunger;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1).