One in eleven people worldwide does not have enough to eat. The causes of hunger are mostly poverty, natural disasters, conflicts and poor agriculture.
In our projects we fight malnutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Help us to promote food security in the long term: donate to combat hunger!
690 million people worldwide are suffering from hunger. According to the United Nations World Food Program, more people die each year from hunger and malnutrition than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The greatest need is in the rural regions of Africa and Asia.
The causes are varied: increasingly often droughts and floods destroy entire harvests. In many places there is a lack of usable arable land or seeds. In addition, an increasing number of people are being forced to flee and lose access to food as a result.
The consequences of hunger are devastating: people fall ill much faster. The body and mind are less efficient. Child mortality is increasing rapidly.
Promoting sustainable agriculture
While farmers in Germany harvest 5 to 8 tons of grain per hectare, farmers in Africa only harvest 0.5 to 1.5 tons per hectare. In addition, 40 percent of crops in Africa and Asia are lost. The reasons are suboptimal storage and the lack of knowledge about further processing. For Help, sustainability in food security means looking at different factors:
- conveying profitable and environmentally friendly cultivation methods
- offering training in basic economic knowledge
- support the establishment of a functioning infrastructure
- selling surplus food for a profit
It's a long way to get there. First of all, the necessary conditions must be created: irrigation options, seeds and fertilizers must be provided. Training courses on cultivation methods and economic basics must be carried out.
South Sudan is suffering from malnutrition: 6.5 million people do not have enough to eat. Women and children are particularly at risk. Malnutrition in small children often begins in the womb when the mothers are undernourished or malnourished. A sufficient and nutrient-rich diet is particularly important in the first three years of a child's life to prevent stunted growth.
This is why Help has established special treatment centers where pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and small children receive medical treatment. The malnourished children receive special therapeutic food based on peanut paste. Peanuts are particularly rich in energy and even the smallest ones can be fed with the paste, since it does not have to be chewed. After several weeks of treatment, the children already gain significantly in weight.
Around 70 percent of the population in Zimbabwe depends on agriculture. In recent years, however, natural disasters such as floods and droughts have repeatedly destroyed entire harvests.
Our aid measures in Zimbabwe consist of several stages: firstly we support small-scale farmers with seeds and fertilisers. Then we train them in environmentally compatible and effective farming methods. Furthermore we offer training courses on how to grow crops as profitably as possible. The aim is to achieve an income to be able to fund items such as school fees and medicines oneself.
In 2014, 12% of children under the age of five in Burkina Faso were malnourished. More than half of all deaths of children of this age are due to malnutrition. The reasons: too little grain, lack of drinking water and poor health care.
Help promotes sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso and supports people in tilling their fields. We supply them with seeds, build water catchment basins, train farmers in effective cultivation techniques, and create composting plants for fertiliser.
In addition to the food security projects, Help is also involved in the health sector in Burkina Faso.