A healthy life requires a diet that is both plentiful and balanced. Nearly two billion people – almost a third of the world population – suffer from so-called “hidden hunger,” lacking essential vitamins and minerals. This has especially grave consequences for children’s physical and mental development. They become more susceptible to diseases and therefore suffer a higher mortality rate.
Because of this, improved, location-specific cultivation methods to achieve greater harvest yields cannot be the sole solution. The objective must be to provide access to an affordable, varied and nutritious diet. In addition, healthy nutrition is always a question of money throughout the world and especially in the southern countries.
Hunger as a Result of Social Inequality
Achieving food and nutrition security and overcoming hunger are no longer exclusively issues of food production but also a result of social inequality. Fighting hunger is therefore increasingly a question of creating equality. This begins locally, with the smallholders:
The current state of the global fight against hunger is described in detail by the Global Hunger Index.
The Five Pillars of Food and Nutrition Security
One of Welthungerhilfe's approaches to overcoming hunger and malnutrition for the long term is “integrated food and nutrition security.” It combines agriculture with resource management, water supply and sanitation, alternative income sources and nutritional counselling. Experts are developing custom strategies together with the local population. The concept works: In several Asian and African countries, Welthungerhilfe is achieving significant success in conjunction with the local population.