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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 2014 impact:


projects addressed the effects of climate change on food security

Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

$263.9 million

in food assistance to people in need

Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

8 million

food-insecure people in 35 countries reached with food assistance (60 percent children)

Thanks to World Vision donors worldwide.

Evaluations and Evidence

Each year one in nine people in the world are chronically hungry. World Vision published “When There is No Food Assistance” to highlight the importance of food assistance in alleviating immediate hunger and addressing its root causes and the concerning and growing gap between need and funding levels. Hear from our food security expert, Thabani Maphosa.

Under the USAID-funded Livelihoods, Agriculture and Health Interventions in Action (LAHIA) program in Maradi, Niger, World Vision supports soil and water conservation through a network of 51 farmer field schools, bringing together 1,307 women farmers. The members use demonstration plots to learn soil fertility improvement techniques such as micro dosing of fertilizer, mulching, and intercropping with legumes. In 2015, World Vision facilitated adoption of farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) on 833.4 hectares. Working in partnership with ICRAF, we are spearheading the scale-up of FMNR, which started in West Africa (Niger and Mali), and has now spread to East and Southern Africa, as well as Haiti and East Timor. Find out more about our work in FMNR.


  • “Telling Our Stories: Leveraging Food Assistance for a Hunger Free World” documents World Vision’s experience in six countries — Uganda, Lesotho, Niger, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, and Kenya — where food assistance contributed to creating livelihood assets or a productive environment for farmers, individual households, and communities. 

  • World Vision’s Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration model is featured in this video on the Farming First coalition’s interactive infographic, “Africa’s Agriculture Potential.”

  • World Vision and PATH conducted a field trial (pdf) to test Ultra Rice® grains, generating data on its stability under real world transport and storage conditions, and the health impact (pdf) among African children.

  • This video details the accomplishments of the USAID-funded Food For Assets program in 2012 in three drought-affected provinces of Zimbabwe.

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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