Making a hungerfree world: Food for lasting change

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Creating a hungerfree world requires more than just giving people food for today, it also means ensuring they have food for tomorrow. World Vision knows that food is crucial for saving lives and for supporting good health, but it can also be a vehicle for creating change in communities for a better tomorrow.

In Cambodia, Savchon and her daughter prepare food together. As Savchon has integrated the new farming techniques she learnt from World Vision training, their fields are producing more rice and she is able to spend more time with her family. ©World Vision/Vanndeth Um

 

More than 70% of the world’s rural poor – those who live on less than $1.90 per day – rely on agriculture for their food and livelihood. Many of these farmers lack the resources to grow enough food to feed their families or sell extra crops for additional income. Without enough of the right nutritious food, their children are unable to reach their full potential – preventing them from enjoying good health, learning in school, and making them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

A step towards creating a brighter future for these children is to empower the communities they live in to produce their own food and have more stable incomes. World Vision partners with others, like the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to lift communities out of poverty – for good. We empower families with the tools, skills and resources to feed their children, generate sustainable income and withstand life’s unexpected setbacks.

Last year alone, World Vision empowered more than 690,000 individuals to produce their own food and income through improved agriculture, creating a ripple effect that improved the food security of more than 3.3 million people in their families and communities. As families are better able to produce their own food, it frees up some of their resources for paying school fees or providing for other needs.

We provide a holistic response to food security, addressing issues of climate change and how environmental changes impact food availability growth.

A farmer works on an irrigation system as part of a Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration project in Ethiopia. The FMNR project has reversed some of the desertification process in this region, restoring the land and bringing irrigation to crops. ©World Vision/Silas Koch

 

We also use innovative cash programming and leverage new digital and mobile solutions, allowing us to providing food assistance quickly and efficiently in areas of conflict or times of emergency. At the same time, these methods don’t just address the immediate need for food. By having cash in hand, families have the dignity to choose their own food and the ability to fuel the local economy.

We believe that creating a hungerfree world is possible and food has incredible potential to create lasting change, making a brighter future for all.

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