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26.06.2019 | Press Release

Welthungerhilfe Presents its 2018 Annual Report

Wars and Climate Change are the Greatest Challenges for Combating Hunger.

Marlehn Thieme (President of Welthungerhilfe) and Matthias Mogge (Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe) present the Annual Report 2018 at the press conference
Marlehn Thieme (President of Welthungerhilfe) and Matthias Mogge (Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe) present the Annual Report 2018 at the press conference © Maurice Weiss
Simone Pott Team Communications

Bonn/Berlin, 26/06/2019 The effects of wars and climate change determined the work of Welthungerhilfe in 2018. The number of people suffering from hunger around the world has increased in recent years along with the number of refugees. Violence has displaced an increasing number of people, and climate change has robbed more people of the livelihoods that guarantee their sustainable nutrition and security. “Many people have no more reserves or
resilience left to deal with increasingly extreme weather.

Droughts, floods and storms are destroying fields and animals, and increasing hunger. The poorest people in the South bear the brunt of a problem that is principally caused by the rich countries of the North. Fighting climate change is a question of justice. There are enough resources to feed everyone adequately”, stresses Marlehn Thieme, President of Welthungerhilfe.

The poor security situation in many project countries makes it harder to reach people in need, and poses great challenges for Welthungerhilfe. “Entire regions are cut off from the outside world during conflicts, and the warring parties prevent import and transportation of aid supplies. Schools and hospitals are targeted for bombing. Although there is an increasing need for assistance worldwide, the working conditions for our staff are becoming more dangerous, and the support options for people in need are becoming increasingly restricted”, warns Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe.

In 2018, Welthungerhilfe had 213.6 million euros to spend on the fight against hunger and poverty. 54.9 million euros came from private donations received. Public donors provided 155.4 million euros for project work. The proportion coming from the German federal government was over 50 percent, the largest individual donor being the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which provided 38.6 million euros. Burundi, Liberia and Syria / Turkey received the largest amount of project support.

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Welthungerhilfe supported 404 foreign projects that can be divided in different sectors of support in 2018. © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2018 Welthungerhilfe spend all in all 211.3 million Euros. 87.5 Percent of this sum were spent on project funding overseas. © Welthungerhilfe
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2018 the income of Welthungerhilfe were 213.6 million Euros. © Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe fights worldwide #ZeroHunger. © Welthungerhilfe
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Kavira Sakalombi and other women have lost relatives and belongings as a result of the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the support of Welthungerhilfe, they now produce honey. Here they can be seen sewing their own beekeeper suits. © Kai Loeffelbein / Welthungerhilfe
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Women participating in a tree cultivation training in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. © Kai Loeffelbein / Welthungerhilfe
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Ethiopia's pastoralists used to get by well, but climate change is taking its toll and many families are left with nothing. Together with Welthungerhilfe, people are developing strategies to better prepare themselves for droughts and their consequences. © Thomas Rommel / Welthungerhilfe
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An exhausted father with his child during a drought in Somaliland. © Thomas Rommel / Welthungerhilfe
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In the refugee camp in Bentiu in South Sudan, a group of mothers is walking to Welthungerhilfe's food distribution in the early morning. © Stefanie Glinski / Welthungerhilfe
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Ernesto Gambulene with the destroyed corn and peanut crop from his field in Lamego, Mozambique, which was flooded by cyclone Idai for nearly two weeks. © McConville / Concern Worldwide
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Children on the island Bothoni in South Sudan eat a fish dish. © Andy Spyra / Welthungerhilfe
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Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe. © Barbara Frommann/ Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe President, Marlehn Thieme © Christoph Papsch / Welthungerhilfe
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Marlehn Thieme (President of Welthungerhilfe) and Mathias Mogge (Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe) present the Annual Report 2018. © Maurice Weiss
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Marlehn Thieme (President of Welthungerhilfe) explains that wars and climate change are the greatest challenges for combating hunger. © Maurice Weiss
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Simone Pott (Head of Communications at Welthungerhilfe), Marlehn Thieme (President of Welthungerhilfe and Mathias Mogge (Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe) at the press conference of the annual report 2018. © Maurice Weiss
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Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe, presents the annual report 2018. © Maurice Weiss
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Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since it was founded in 1962, more than 8,900 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.53 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the principle of help for self-help: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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