There are approximately 815 million people around the world who do not have enough food to lead a productive life. With the global population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by 50 percent globally in order to feed another two billion people. Climate-related events, such as drought, can limit the availability of food sources in many regions. Conflict, coupled with climate change, is beginning to reverse the long-term declining trend in global hunger. Many families suffering from food insecurity are forced to pull their children out of school to help with farming, having lifelong effects on the well-being of millions of youth around the world.

Fast Facts

  • Soil erosion from croplands carries away 25–40 billion ton of topsoil every year, significantly reducing crop yields.
  • More than half of people facing hunger—489 million—live in countries affected by conflict.
  • More than 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria are facing starvation and famine.
  • The United Nations has pledged to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Helping Communities Feed Themselves

When it comes to nutrition, the first 1,000 days are the most critical in a child’s development. Healthy food fuels growing minds and thriving communities. There are several ways we can help communities achieve long-term health and access to stable food sources, including helping to set up school gardens, introducing new farming techniques and partnering on irrigation projects.