1,923,372 people have helped raise more than $5,160,955 for 249 projects

Food Security

Where does this issue fit into the Sustainable Development Goals?

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Facts & Figures

Hunger

  • Globally, one in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished
  • The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 per cent of the population is undernourished.
  • Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly.
  • Southern Asia faces the greatest hunger burden, with about 281 million undernourished people. In sub-Saharan Africa, projections for the 2014-2016 period indicate a rate of undernourishment of almost 23 per cent.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
  • One in four of the world’s children suffer stunted growth. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

Food security

  • Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.
  • 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rainfed, provide up to 80 per cent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.
  • Since the 1900s, some 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.
  • If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
  • 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of whom live in rural areas of the developing world. Energy poverty in many regions is a fundamental barrier to reducing hunger and ensuring that the world can produce enough food to meet future demand.

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The issues

Background info and projects we've funded to address these issues
- Poverty & hunger
- Water & Sanitation
- Health
- Education
- Energy
- Food Security
- Gender Equality
- Maternal Health
- Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

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Improve farming opportunities in remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will set up a solar powered irrigation system to increase access of farmable land for communities that still experience a ‘hungry season’ each year in semi-arid Sumba island.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,001

Raised from 6,399 people


Train female soy farmers in Tanzania Tanzania , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Tanzania This project will support women farmers in Iringa District, Tanzania to improve their crop yields, learn how to improve their families’ nutrition and increase their income by producing and marketing soy products.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,001

Raised from 6,123 people


Strengthen food security in Timor-Leste Timor-Leste , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia

Timor-Leste This project will strengthen livelihoods and improve income and food security of rural communities in Timor Leste through agriculture technique training and empowering rural men and women to influence local and national decision making.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,012

Raised from 5,828 people


Improve family nutrition in remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will build food security and improve farming practices in two areas of East Indonesia, where stunting is extremely high, by setting up demonstration farms.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 15,053

Raised from 4,795 people


Empower Farmers for Sustainable Tourism in South India India , RUN BY: Kabani - The Other Direction

India This project will facilitate community based sustainable tourism in Indian villages as a means to generate additional income for farmers. The proposed training program would empower villagers to meaningfully participate in community-based sustainable tourism.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 10,007

Raised from 3,246 people


Educate Communities for Food Security in Nias, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This will improve food security in remote villages by increasing incomes through small enterprises and providing on-going business and health coaching.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 35,022

Raised from 11,171 people


Improve Food Security in Nias, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will increase food security to improve nutrition by diversifying food sources, increasing household income and educate the community on nutrition as well as health and sanitation activities.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,004

Raised from 8,248 people


Educate Displaced Fisher Folk to Fight Malnutrition Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will help improve the farming skills of relocated fisher folk through creating and running a demonstration banana farm and educating communities through agri-business training.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,024

Raised from 8,420 people


Boost Sustainable Coffee Production in Laos Lao PDR , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Lao PDR This coffee project will train poor farmers to increase their yields, produce higher quality coffee, and connect them with international markets, helping them lift their families out of poverty. By diversifying farming practices, families will also develop skills to plant and grow other crops and improve their overall nutrition.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,027

Raised from 8,259 people


Train Female Soy Farmers in Tanzania Tanzania , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Tanzania This project will support women farmers in Iringa District, Tanzania to improve their crop yields, learn how to improve their families’ nutrition and increase their income by producing and marketing soy products.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,016

Raised from 8,323 people


Empower Rural Communities in Timor-Leste Timor-Leste , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia

Timor-Leste This project will contribute to equitable and resilient livelihood development, benefiting small-scale women and men producers from vulnerable communities through improvements to agricultural production and improved access to markets.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,017

Raised from 8,152 people


Educating Communities for Healthy Children in Sumba, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project aims to improve the health and well-being of children under five in Sumba, Indonesia through educating the local community in child-care techniques and healthy practices.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,001

Raised from 8,119 people


Reducing Childhood Malnutrition in Bima, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia To tackle malnutrition in Parado, Indonesia, by providing clean water & sanitation through 20 dug wells and latrines. Following on from this, community nutrition gardens will be created in order to further combat the issue.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 15,003

Raised from 4,720 people


Ending malnutrition in Sumba, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia In Sumba, Indonesia, childhood malnutrition is unacceptably high. SurfAid will work with communities to establish vegetable gardens and seed banks, and improve family nutrition through cooking classes to ultimately reduce malnutrition in children under five and pregnant women.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,004

Raised from 7,150 people


Food Security in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia

Sri Lanka To improve food security and strengthen livelihoods of poor and marginalised communities in Sri Lanka through sustainable agricultural practices and the establishment of small scale group enterprises.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 50,001

Raised from 18,085 people


School vegetable gardens in Siem Reap, Cambodia Cambodia , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Cambodia This project aims to reduce childhood hunger and malnutrition in rural Cambodia through school vegetable gardens and daily meals for students.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,002

Raised from 7,481 people


Feeding Families in South Sudan South Sudan , RUN BY: Plan Australia

South Sudan To provide the most vulnerable households and school children in South Sudan with food aid and support to sustain their livelihoods.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,001

Raised from 22,638 people


School feeding program, Siem Reap, Cambodia Cambodia , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Cambodia Many children in Cambodia go to school hungry or do not go to school at all because they lack the energy on an empty stomach. This project aims to increase the number of children going to school and help them to concentrate in the classroom, by providing meals for the children and their families.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,005

Raised from 8,338 people


Food security for vulnerable families, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Zimbabwe This project will procure foundation seed for the farmers, training the farmers and supporting poultry production and management in Chiredze, Chipinge & Mwenezi districts.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,000

Raised from 11,930 people


Seedlings to stop hunger, Timor-Leste Timor-Leste , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia

Timor-Leste Oxfam Australia’s Timor-Leste food security and livelihoods program is working to reduce hunger and improve income, access to food and living standards for 1185 people (263 households) in Oecusse and Covalima districts in Timor-Leste.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,211

Raised from 9,703 people


Food security through organic farming Philippines , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Philippines By converting to organic farming techniques, families are reducing expenses, increasing crop yields and income and starting to break the cycle of poverty. Includes training, the provision of farming equipment, seeds and small livestock.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,001

Raised from 8,746 people


Community food gardens, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa , RUN BY: Oxfam Australia

South Africa Creating solutions to hunger, HIV and poverty for people in the rural district of uMkhanyakude in KwaZulu-Natal through community veggie gardens. Quality nutrition can reduce HIV-related illness and AIDS-related deaths, and is vital for breaking the poverty cycle.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 34,184

Raised from 14,963 people


Improve Food Security Among Poorest Families, Chadiza Zambia , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Zambia To help 180 of the poorest families improve their livelihoods and get through the yearly ‘hungry season’ through training/mentoring in new farming methods, provision of seeds, livestock and equipment.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,001

Raised from 8,210 people


Distribute food to vulnerable families Zimbabwe , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Zimbabwe This project aims to save lives through a feeding program for vulnerable people such as children who are at risk due to the severe lack of food in Zimbabwe

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 10,001

Raised from 3,998 people