Agriculture and Environment
Hunger and malnutrition are primarily caused by inequality in the global agricultural and food system. In Welthungerhilfe’s fight against hunger, we lead more than 48 per cent of our projects focusing on nutrition, agriculture and the environment in 2019.
Hunger is most prevalent in remote regions of the world where people typically draw their food and livelihoods from the natural environment. High demand on the world market for food and agricultural raw products threatens the food and nutrition security of rural families, many of whom can no longer afford healthy meals. Long rains or droughts, provoked by climate change, exacerbate these challenges.
Many of the communities Welthungerhilfe works with are situated in ecologically and climatically vulnerable regions. For these people, diets, food systems and the use of natural resources are inextricably linked.
Welthungerhilfe’s flagship approach for achieving nutritional security in these remote regions is called LANN+. This holistic and multi-sectoral approach seeks to empower rural families to achieve sustainable food and nutrition through training in agriculture, resource management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), alternative income and nutrition.
The Position Paper on Rural Development sums up Welthungerhilfe’s programmatic and political approaches to improve the conditions which people in poor rural regions of the Global South live in.
Encompassed in this is our focus on site-specific agriculture, which supports smallholder farmers in cultivating higher-yield, more nutritious crops to fight hunger and poverty while saving natural resources. Welthungerhilfe programmes are also designed to sustainably strengthen resilience to climate change effects by sharing knowledge on climate-adapted cultivation and harvesting methods with climate-resistance crops.
Welthungerhilfe empowers communities to help themselves on a long-term basis, by using market-based approaches that enable people to continue to earn a living from their agricultural products. To further protect the livelihoods of rural families, Welthungerhilfe helped develop the Food Security Standard project. This ensures their right to food is not violated by the international demand and trade for agricultural commodities.
Welthungerhilfe assisted 10,000 farmers in implementing agroecological farming methods to improve their food security after the loss of agricultural crop diversity in India, Bangladesh and Nepal left many families struggling to feed themselves.
By providing agricultural education for women in Mali, Welthungerhilfe is helping secure food supply and income in the face of political crisis and drought. The project is directly improving the lives of approximately 9,000 people while the rest of the communities’ 250,000 residents will benefit long term from the nutrient-rich crops and economic knowledge.