As Australia’s largest humanitarian and development agency, World Vision has been helping many of the world’s poorest communities to respond to hunger, malnutrition and unstable food supplies for decades. With your support, we can continue to implement life-changing programs worldwide.
World Vision's efforts to support communities in securing stable and nutritious food supplies are cornerstones of our work.
With millions of people across the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) currently in urgent need of food, our immediate focus in this region is on supplying therapeutic and supplementary food to malnourished children and families and supporting agricultural and livestock recovery.
World Vision’s response to increasing food prices is to address immediate food insecurity through safety net programs, including food assistance, and strengthening agricultural production to break the cycle of food insecurity. World Vision is currently implementing food assistance programs in 20 countries.
As part of our broader response, World Vision is addressing both the short and long-term implications of hunger and food insecurity in many countries around the world by:
- teaching farmers how to protect their land, prevent soil degradation, increase sustainability and productivity
- diversifying farm production and resilience by incorporating tree crops and environmentally restorative trees into farming systems, ie. agroforestry
- providing farmers with seeds and tools to grow crops and raise livestock
- training farmers on improved agricultural techniques such as crop rotation, drip irrigation and the planting of trees that will enrich overworked soil
- educating families on the importance of feeding their children foods that contain essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C
- helping communities protect their available food resources with new storage techniques
- supporting Food for Work projects that meet immediate food needs and facilitate community infrastructure and development activities
- helping farmers produce and market crops
We are also working at national and international levels to lobby for changes to policies and systems that disadvantage the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
With support from ordinary Australians, World Vision is continuing our work with vulnerable communities to increase their access to food and improved nutrition. There are many ways to actively participate in creating a better world for disadvantaged communities through World Vision.