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Drought, food crisis, famine: What's the difference?
Nutritious food is a critical building block for children’s growth and development. Half of all childhood deaths can be traced to malnutrition. And when parents are weakened by hunger, they cannot work, grow crops or provide for their families.
Severe food shortages result from factors that often compound each other:
Nutritious food is a critical building block for children’s growth and development.
Feeding centers—Following a humanitarian crisis, World Vision establishes emergency feeding clinics and often provides supplemental food until the situation has stabilized.
Agricultural assistance—World Vision provides farmers with seeds and tools for raising crops and livestock.
Agricultural training—We teach farmers improved agricultural techniques such as crop rotation, drip irrigation, conservation farming and the planting of nitrogen-fixing trees that enrich depleted soil.
Nutrition education—World Vision trains parents in the importance of feeding their children foods that contain essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C.
Improving product storage—World Vision helps communities protect their available food resources with better storage techniques. In Mali, for example, we built granaries that decreased the annual food storage loss from 30 percent to 3 percent.
Marketing assistance—By identifying and providing resources for marketable products, World Vision helps farmers earn a stable income for their families. For example, we helped Brazilian farmers cultivate and market a crop of organic peppers after local environmental changes made it impossible to grow their previous crops.
Natural resource management—World Vision emphasizes the value of caring for natural resources. Farmers are taught to protect their greatest asset—their land—by preventing soil degradation, increasing sustainability, and enhancing productivity.
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|05/09/2011||As higher food prices push many into hunger, World Vision calls on leaders to address crisis|
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|02/08/2011||Drought, lack of food threaten millions in Horn of Africa, says World Vision|
|11/11/2010||G20 urged to tackle food security, avert another global crisis|
|07/21/2010||As food crisis deteriorates in Niger, World Vision expands response|
|07/21/2010||Aid agencies call for a 'surge' in aid effort to help 10 million facing hunger in West Africa|
|03/11/2010||Nutritional aid is cost-effective measure against health and hunger problems|
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