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Our impact on world hunger

One in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. That’s why we partner with communities to address immediate food needs — but also to grow sustainable food for the future. These accomplishments represent some of our 2013 impact:


projects addressed the effects of climate change on food security

Achievements made possible in 2013 thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

$231.1 million

in food assistance to people in need

Achievements made possible in 2013 thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

7.5 million

food-insecure people in 33 countries reached with food assistance

Achievements made possible in 2013 thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

Evaluations and Evidence, Report 1

In partnership with PATH, World Vision conducted a field trial to test the operational feasibility and biological impact of introducing rice fortified with Ultra Rice® grains into World Vision’s existing World Food Program-funded school feeding program benefitting 14,000 children in Burundi. The study enabled the development of several new operational models for replication in other food aid settings throughout Africa and other rice-consuming regions. It also generated data on the stability of Ultra Rice under real world transport and storage conditions (read summary, PDF), and is the first-ever health impact assessment of Ultra Rice in African children (read summary, PDF). Results were presented at the 3rd Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in June 2014, a gathering of 1,000 leading nutrition, food security, global health, and sustainable agriculture experts and practitioners from all over the world.

Evaluations and Evidence, Report 2


World Vision partners with the World Food Programme in Zimbabwe

This video details the accomplishments of the USAID-funded Food For Assets program in 2012 in three drought-affected provinces of Zimbabwe. Because of the dry climate and little rainfall, a majority of the households were sacrificing assets in order to obtain food. World Vision’s goal was to resuscitate household and community assets in order to help develop resilience to drought and other climate shocks.

During this short-term project, World Vision worked with local communities and government bodies in order to identify the most pressing projects that would also bring the most long-term security. Projects included the construction of wells, dams, irrigation systems, cattle fences/guards, and dipping tanks.

Our Approach

+ What is World Vision doing to address hunger around the world?

We provide children and families with the means to fight hunger and achieve food security. Food security means that families will know where their next meal is coming from — and that it will be enough nutritious food to live an active, healthy life.

Specifically, we help hungry children and families by:

  • Increasing agricultural productivity through improved seeds and farming practices
  • Improving access to markets so farming families can profitably sell their surplus food
  • Teaching families and communities how to improve nutrition and dietary diversity
  • Managing resources in a sustainable way to prevent soil erosion, maintain soil fertility, use water more efficiently, and protect the environment

+ How do you help families grow their own food more sustainably?

We help farmers increase their productivity by:

  • Helping them get improved, locally adapted seeds and tools
  • Teaching more productive agricultural practices such as promoting diversified and integrated farming systems, including livestock
  • Training families about better post-harvest storage and processing techniques to ensure more food is preserved and less is wasted
  • Bringing farmers together in associations and cooperatives, so they have more bargaining power and better access to markets and business development services, including credit, allowing them to graduate from subsistence to commercial farming

+ What about when there’s a famine? Do you distribute food aid?

We provide short-term food aid to make sure children and families get essential nutrients during a time of crisis. At the same time, we help families strengthen and improve their ability to produce or purchase their own food. This approach helps families become more resilient and better equipped to handle future food challenges.

+ How does teaching families and communities about nutrition help?

Rural families often grow or raise their own food. They may rely on crops and animals that grow locally, as well as traditional recipes that may not create balanced nutritional meals.

We focus on ensuring nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as mothers of children under the age of 5, who are most vulnerable to the long-term impact of malnutrition. We train volunteers to help families and communities learn about nutritious, appropriate crops to grow; small animals that are easy to raise; new recipes; and how to cook variations on local recipes in order to provide more nutritious meals. Mothers also learn to recognize signs of malnourishment among their children, and what to do if they detect it.

As a result of these programs, children and families are healthier, have more energy, and get sick less often.

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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