Food is central to human wellbeing: it provides the body with nourishment, offers livelihoods that lifts people out of poverty, and brings communities together through cultural enrichment. We believe that food is a basic human right, yet too many people are trapped in a cycle of hunger by systemic forces beyond their immediate control like poverty, disaster, conflict, and inequality.
- Despite progress in reducing global hunger, more than 800 million people still go to bed hungry every night.
- Those in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food.
- Agricultural production will need to increase by 50 percent globally to support the world’s population in 2050.
What we do
We can only tackle hunger effectively if we address what causes it in the first place. This means improving systems and behaviors that enable secure access, availability, and use of food.
- Agriculture: We connect farmers around the world to the people and resources they need to increase production, feed their families, and boost their incomes
- Sustainability: We help communities develop plans and skills to sustainably manage their resources to improve crop and livestock production
- Good Governance: We work with local governments and communities to develop just and inclusive policies that make it easier for people to access to resources they need to thrive
- Women’s Empowerment: We work with women and girls to build agency, a cultural environment that supports their autonomy, and decision-making capacity for women to both earn income and feed their families
- Health and Nutrition: We provide the resources, knowledge and skills needed to access and utilize clean water, employ hygienic practices, and consume diverse and nutritious diets
During crises, we provide at-risk communities with life-saving assistance and the tools to reestablish healthy bodies and prosperous livelihoods.
- Emergency Food Assistance: We provide food, livelihood inputs, and cash donations when food supplies are short or unaffordable, such as when people are displaced by conflict or natural disasters
- We have improved access to nutritious food for more than 30.2 million people around the world in the last five years.
- Each year, we connect roughly one million farmers to the resources they need to boost production and incomes.
- We have vaccinated more than 15.3 million livestock in the last five years.
7 ways you changed the world in 2017
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