The world has made significant progress in the fight against hunger in the course of the past decades. However, the current pace will not be fast enough to reach the objective of Zero Hunger by 2030. The international community must do more.
In addition to projects for sustainable food and nutrition security and humanitarian assistance, Welthungerhilfe is collaborating with alliance partners and political initiatives to demand greater political anti-hunger efforts at the national and international levels.
The World Hunger Index is a decisive tool for recognising what needs to be done in the countries of this world and for building pressure to act. The WHI prepares an annual evaluation of successes and setbacks in the global fight to overcome hunger.
In 2016 alone, Welthungerhilfe supported approximately 8.4 million people – men, women and children – in 39 countries with 407 overseas projects. In concrete terms, this means that people were able to survive, harvest more, eat better, get clean drinking water and toilets locally, fall ill less often, secure an income or surplus or begin an education. For the children, Welthungerhilfe support means a chance for healthy physical and mental development.
Welthungerhilfe projects are focusing on sustainable rural development and on supporting smallholders. A look at the countries with the highest project funding, however, reveals another focus: Man-made crises and natural disasters require rapid, life-saving emergency aid.
In these cases as well, however, Welthungerhilfe support extends beyond simply providing food and shelter. In Iraq, for example, Welthungerhilfe is helping to rebuild basic infrastructure in the areas liberated from IS. The people threatened by a fatal famine in the Horn of Africa are being prepared for the next droughts with long-term resilience projects.
Welthungerhilfe's annual report 2016 documents progress despite drought and conflicts.
Our Objective: Making Ourselves Redundant
Development cooperation is supposed to do one thing above all: Empower people to help themselves. Welthungerhilfe has been working in accordance with this guiding principle since it was founded in 1962. It has already succeeded in transferring projects to local partners in numerous regions, ultimately withdrawing from them entirely. In parts of Ecuador or the Philippines, for example, the local population was empowered to such an extent that outside development aid was no longer necessary.
However, even in places in which Welthungerhilfe is still active, the principle of help for self-help is taking hold:
How we make progress and achieve an impact
Welthungerhilfe systematically analyses its projects to see if they are achieving their goals, through project-specific progress surveys and cross-project success indicators. These success indicators cover four key questions:
Welthungerhilfe uses the results to constantly examine and improve its work. In addition to in-house checks, the organisation's work is regularly evaluated by independent experts. Find out more about Welthungerhilfe's quality management.
Helping people to help themselves
"Due to the training on new farming methods our harvest became much larger. Now we can even save some money for hard times."
George Moyo has not always been a small holder. Until a few years ago he hardly made enough to survive. After participating in a training on farming, he can live off his harvest and even make a surplus.
"Since I earn money through my training I can have a decent life and my siblings do not have to live in poverty anymore."
Lillian Ondiso Haggai from Kenia, orphan and a young single mother, has successfully participated in an electrician course which is part of the Skill-up!-education program.
"It was the happiest day of my life when I could make water accessible to the people in the Sinuni region."
Salim Mohammad, WASH-expert for Welthungerhilfe in Iraq, was able to drill a waterhole in the Sinuni-region in Iraq. They were never able to find water during previous drillings. To get drinking water, the people had to travel long distances by donkey or car.
"I am glad, that I can take care of my family by myself now."
Hawa Swaray is a widow and single mother. In agricultural trainings of a Welthungerhilfe project in Liberia she learned how to grow fruits and vegetables. Now she can feed herself and her family due to her harvest.
There is Much to Do
As the World Hunger Index demonstrates, less people are currently suffering hunger than 50, 25 or even 5 years ago. Welthungerhilfe did its part to contribute to this statistic, as did many other aid organisations. By 2030, hunger can and shall be eliminated around the world. The international community has committed to this objective. Theoretically, all 7.5 billion people could already be provided for today, but this goal has so far been obstructed by an unequal distribution of resources.
In order to make real progress by 2030, the pace of the fight against hunger must be drastically increased. For example, if Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia continue to decrease their rates of hunger at their current pace, they will still register moderate to severe rates of hunger by 2030, missing Zero Hunger by a wide margin. Politics, economics, science, society and civil social organisations must all improve their collaboration and adjust their strategies and actions to achieve the objectives of the Agenda 2030. This is the right of 815 million hungry people.
Zero Hunger by 2030 – this monumental task concerns us all. Help us achieve a world without hunger!