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Food & Agriculture

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.

8.8 million
people assisted

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.

129,954
farmers using natural resource management

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.

568
communities improved their resilience

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.

Our Agriculture 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.

Resource Archives:

  • Africa’s Agricultural Potential: This infographic shows how Africa can address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive, sustainable growth.
  • Ultra Rice® test: World Vision and PATH conducted a field trial 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.

Food & Agriculture Resources

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

World Vision’s Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration method helped stem the effects of the 2015 drought in Ethiopia.

Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories: Leveraging Food Assistance for a Hunger Free World shows how food assistance can create livelihood assets and a productive environment for farmers, households and communities.

Ways to Give to Food & Agriculture

Help children suffering from hunger: $20+

With droughts, surging food prices, and violent unrest, the poorest populations — especially children — are the most severely affected. Around the world, 14,000 children younger than 5 die every day from hunger and related causes. The need is urgent. Your monthly gift today can help save children’s lives.

Provide a Family Food Basket: $51

In many parts of the world, hunger is a daily reality. But we can change this. Together we can build a hunger-free world where families have enough food for today and for tomorrow. It takes just $51 to provide a Family Food Basket and assure that a one-month supply of nutritious food gets into the hands of the most vulnerable.

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Together, we work to help communities develop the perfect recipe for sustainable success.

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