Nutrition and Food Security
Improving nutrition and food security is Welthungerhilfe’s primary goal as part of our global mandate to fight hunger and poverty. While all Welthungerhilfe's projects ultimately contribute to this, in 2018 around 85 focused specifically on nutrition.
The FAO reports there are more than 820 million people suffering from hunger globally. An estimated two billion are lacking essential vitamins and minerals – a form of malnutrition called hidden hunger.
Access to sufficient nutritious food is vital for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children in their first 1000 days of life. Nutritional deficiencies weaken the immune system of children and can, in combination with general undernourishment, lead to physical disabilities and limited mental development for the rest of their lives.
Welthungerhilfe’s strategic focus is on achieving sustainable food and nutrition security for the most vulnerable. Most of the hungry are farming families in rural areas – and these are the areas we work in. Our projects address failures in food and economic systems in order to eradicate hunger, in all its forms, throughout the world.
In close collaboration with local communities and partner organisations, we link the five key areas of agriculture, resource management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), alternative incomes and knowledge about nutrition (our flagship LANN+ approach) to empower rural families to fulfil their human right to food and nutrition security. We place great emphasis on the inclusion of women in important decision-making processes.
Armed conflicts, natural disasters and climate change also pose great threats to food security. Welthungerhilfe projects strengthen resilience in countries affected by such crises. Our short-term emergency relief operations are linked with longer-term development programmes to better prepare communities for future crises.
In India, we have enabled farmers to secure their food supply and increase the variety of produce in their fields, leading to healthy nutrition for over one million people. Welthungerhilfe’s LANN+ programme in Sierra Leone has improved nutrition and food security for those most vulnerable: children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
The Ituri province of DR Congo was devasted by violence in 2018. Our projects allowed 150,000 people to reap another harvest and provide for themselves. Following a devastating earthquake in 2015, we continue to work with around 7,000 families in the Dhading District of Nepal where increased agricultural production has improved the nutrition of over 40,000 people. In Burkina Faso, where climate change effects lead to harvest losses, around 630,000 locals are benefiting from Welthungerhilfe measures to sustainably secure food and income.