Hunger and food security

Due to regional conflicts, sharply rising costs, extreme weather events, and the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people around the globe — 50 million in 45 countries — are threatened by hunger and starvation. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. We partner with communities to address immediate food needs — and also ensure they’re equipped for the future.

10 world hunger facts you need to know

Around the world, up to 811 million people regularly go to bed hungry. Here are 10 facts you should know about global hunger and rising food insecurity.

Hunger crisis forces Afghan parents to sell children for food

At least 22.8 million people face a hunger crisis in Afghanistan, where parents are faced with the impossible choice of selling a child for food or seeing their families starve. Learn what World Vision is doing to help families affected by the Afghan hunger crisis.

Community health workers reduce child malnutrition rates in Zambia

In rural communities, women have to travel long distances to get basic healthcare. World Vision–trained community health workers help bridge the gap and provide care as well as education.

We reached over 16 million people in the first six months of our current global hunger crisis response (April through September 2022).

In FY21, we used 163,172 metric tons of food to help nourish children and families in countries around the world

We work in 40 of the 60 countries classified by global experts as “fragile” and especially susceptible to hunger.

Our deep relationships with USAID as well as partnerships at country and local levels enable us to reach the most remote locations and serve the people in greatest need.

Our approach to overcoming hunger

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



In April 2022 we launched our largest humanitarian undertaking ever in response to the global hunger crisis. Our 18-month response is focused on delivering life-saving aid to 22 million people in 26 countries where hunger is at its worst.

We work to equip children and families with the means to overcome hunger and achieve food security, which means they 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:

  • Delivering emergency food aid during crises
  • 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 does World Vision help families grow their own food more sustainably?



We help farmers increase their productivity by:
  • Helping them get improved, locally adapted seeds and tools and sustainable access to clean water
  • 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 if there’s a famine? Do you distribute aid?



We deliver emergency food aid to make sure children and families get essential nutrients during times of acute 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 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.

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 impacts of malnutrition. 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.

Food and agriculture resources

Building Community Resilience to Climate Shocks

Resilience strategies underpin the work of many agencies working in complex, fragile environments. This case study describes the experience of World Vision’s USAID project in Zimbabwe on the matter.

Farming as a Business (FAAB) Manual for Smallholder Farmers

The USAID-funded ENSURE project in Zimbabwe developed this manual to promote farming as a viable and sustainable business.

Due to regional conflicts, sharply rising costs, extreme weather events, and the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people around the globe — 50 million in 45 countries — are threatened by hunger and starvation. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. We partner with communities to address immediate food needs — and also ensure they’re equipped for the future.

10 world hunger facts you need to know

Around the world, up to 811 million people regularly go to bed hungry. Here are 10 facts you should know about global hunger and rising food insecurity.

Hunger crisis forces Afghan parents to sell children for food

At least 22.8 million people face a hunger crisis in Afghanistan, where parents are faced with the impossible choice of selling a child for food or seeing their families starve. Learn what World Vision is doing to help families affected by the Afghan hunger crisis.

Community health workers reduce child malnutrition rates in Zambia

In rural communities, women have to travel long distances to get basic healthcare. World Vision–trained community health workers help bridge the gap and provide care as well as education.

We reached over 16 million people in the first six months of our current global hunger crisis response (April through September 2022).

In FY21, we used 163,172 metric tons of food to help nourish children and families in countries around the world

We work in 40 of the 60 countries classified by global experts as “fragile” and especially susceptible to hunger.

Our deep relationships with USAID as well as partnerships at country and local levels enable us to reach the most remote locations and serve the people in greatest need.

Our approach to overcoming hunger

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



In April 2022 we launched our largest humanitarian undertaking ever in response to the global hunger crisis. Our 18-month response is focused on delivering life-saving aid to 22 million people in 26 countries where hunger is at its worst.

We work to equip children and families with the means to overcome hunger and achieve food security, which means they 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:

  • Delivering emergency food aid during crises
  • 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 does World Vision help families grow their own food more sustainably?



We help farmers increase their productivity by:
  • Helping them get improved, locally adapted seeds and tools and sustainable access to clean water
  • 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 if there’s a famine? Do you distribute aid?



We deliver emergency food aid to make sure children and families get essential nutrients during times of acute 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 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.

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 impacts of malnutrition. 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 and agriculture resources

Building Community Resilience to Climate Shocks

Resilience strategies underpin the work of many agencies working in complex, fragile environments. This case study describes the experience of World Vision’s USAID project in Zimbabwe on the matter.

Farming as a Business (FAAB) Manual for Smallholder Farmers

The USAID-funded ENSURE project in Zimbabwe developed this manual to promote farming as a viable and sustainable business.

Ways to support hunger relief and food security

Help children through our global hunger crisis response: $50+

The effects of regional conflicts, sharply rising costs, extreme weather events, and the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are threatening an unprecedented number of people around the globe with hunger and starvation. Thanks to public grants from our partnerships with organizations like the World Food Program and USAID, your donation multiplies 9X in impact to deliver life-saving aid for children and families.

Equip families through our Animal and Agriculture Fund: $30+

Give families the tools to put food on their own tables. Your gift can deliver critical tools and resources like livestock and animal husbandry training, farming tools and drought-resistant seeds, natural resource management training, sustainable access to clean water for healthy crops, and more.

Ways to support hunger relief and food security

Help children through our global hunger crisis response: $50+

The effects of regional conflicts, sharply rising costs, extreme weather events, and the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are threatening an unprecedented number of people around the globe with hunger and starvation. Thanks to public grants from our partnerships with organizations like the World Food Program and USAID, your donation multiplies 9X in impact to deliver life-saving aid for children and families.

Equip families through our Animal and Agriculture Fund: $30+

Give families the tools to put food on their own tables. Your gift can deliver critical tools and resources like livestock and animal husbandry training, farming tools and drought-resistant seeds, natural resource management training, sustainable access to clean water for healthy crops, and more.

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