Ontario members of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE organizing peace mass at G8 in

TORONTO, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Ontario members of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE want to urge the governments of the world to make food sovereignty a priority for addressing poverty and food insecurity in the Global South. They will do so at a gathering in Huntsville, Ontario, that will be followed by a peace mass presided over by Fr. Bob Holmes, co-ordinator for peace and justice for the Basilian Fathers.

Several youth members of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE from Central Ontario will be camping in Arrowhead Park close to Huntsville in order to participate in G8 protests and join the peace mass which will take place on June 26th at 3 p.m.

The members will be joined by special guest, Mr. Dame Sall, executive director of the African Network for Integrated Development based in Dakar, Senegal and a partner organization of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE. Mr. Sall is an expert on food sovereignty in Senegal. His work has demonstrated that support to small-scale farmers can contribute significantly to preventing hunger and food crises.

Over the past year, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE has been raising awareness in Canada about food sovereignty and is urging the Canadian Government to include it on the agenda for the upcoming G8 meeting in Huntsville.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE also supports several local initiatives in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East that seek to strengthen food sovereignty in the Global South.

SOURCE Development and Peace

For further information: For further information: or to request interviews, please contact: Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer, 1 888 234-8533 ext. 365, kelly.didomenico@devp.org; Luke Stocking, Animator, Toronto and Central Ontario, 416 922-1592 ext. 225, luke.stocking@devp.org

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