As you might have seen on the 10th, the 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report was published. The report shows that global hunger has declined since 1990, but not dramatically. The 2011 GHI fell by 26 percent from the 1990 GHI, from a score of 19.7 to 14.6. However, this score is not the same worldwide. The 2011 GHI scores for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, still remain alarming. This year’s report focuses mainly on the impact of rising and volatile food prices on the lives of the world’s poorest people. The report attributes the rising prices to three main reasons: high oil prices, extreme weather events and a significant increase in the trading of agricultural commodity futures. To find out more about how factors affect rising food prices, check out the full report at: http://www.concern.net/sites/concern.net/files/global_hunger_index_report_2011.pdf
The 2011 GHI report was released in advance of this year’s World Food Day, which is celebrated each year on the 16th October. The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN created World Food Day to strengthen international and national action against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and to draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development. This mission is very much at the heart of FYF’s vision, a world in which everyone has the right to build a future free from poverty. FYF works with the rural poor to develop sustainable solutions to poverty and all its aspects, such as hunger.
FYF’s work to reduce hunger
An illustration of how FYF is working to reduce hunger is our current EU-funded project in Rumphi District, Malawi, which started in 2008 and shall last into 2012. The aim of the project is to achieve improved local and district food production and diversified livelihood opportunities for 12,000 resource poor households in four EPAs of Rumphi District, Malawi. By the end of the project, we aim to have increased household food production and nutritionally improved diets; increased household incomes for resource poor families; and more effective and enabling representative development structures responding to community needs.
The Story of Sumitra
As explained in the previous blog posts, FYF trained Sumitra and the women in her village to use sustainable farming techniques, which diversified their harvest and enabled them to sell their surplus as a Vegetable Growers’ Association. This meant that Sumitra’s household income greatly increased, and her children are now able to attend primary school. Because her children have access to education, their live chances have improved and it is more likely that they would be able to enter into a more skilled labour field. Thus FYF’s work with Sumitra’s community has not only changed the short-term situation but provided the foundations for long term change and improvement for the residents of the village.
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