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Food and agriculture

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07/28/2008Statement on World Vision food aid in Haiti
05/02/2008Aid agency welcomes proposal boosting U.S. food aid
04/30/2008Middle East food crisis escalates; children at greatest risk

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The need

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:
  • Poor farming techniques
  • Low soil fertility
  • Poor access to quality seeds
  • Poor control of crop pests
  • Environmental degradation
  • Drought and other natural disasters
Unless communities can establish secure sources of food to meet their nutritional needs, they have little hope of offering their children a healthy future.
Nutritious food is a critical building block for children’s growth and development.
Nutritious food is a critical building block for children’s growth and development.

Fast facts
  • Some 854 million people worldwide lack enough to eat; 820 million of them are in developing countries. Source: FAO State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2006

  • A combination of natural disasters, drought, war, poverty, lack of agricultural infrastructure or policies and over-exploitation of the environment are chief causes of food shortages. Source:World Food Programme, 2007

  • An estimated 2.1 billion people in the world live on less than $2 per day, and 880 million people live on less than $1 per day. Source: World Bank World Development Report, 2008

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World Vision’s response

When people can provide food for themselves, they enjoy physical health along with a sense of dignity that strengthens their faith and family relationships. World Vision helps families in need worldwide through:

Food aid
    Feeding centersFollowing a humanitarian crisis, World Vision establishes emergency feeding clinics and often provides supplemental food until the situation has stabilized.

Training and supplies
    Agricultural assistanceWorld Vision provides farmers with seeds and tools for raising crops and livestock.

    Agricultural trainingWe 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 educationWorld Vision trains parents in the importance of feeding their children foods that contain essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C.

Protecting food resources
    Improving product storageWorld 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 assistanceBy 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 managementWorld 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.

Who Is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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