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Our impact on world hunger

One in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. That’s why we partner with communities to address immediate food needs — but also to grow sustainable food for the future. These accomplishments represent some of our 2015 impact:

8.8 million

people assisted

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.


farmers using natural resource management

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.


communities improved their resilience

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors around the world in 2015.

Evaluations and Evidence

Leveraging Food Assistance for a Hunger Free World

In 2013, 30 percent of World Vision’s food assistance programs incorporated resilience-building elements to address the root causes of hunger and reduce the need for emergency relief in the future. Participants’ immediate food needs are met so that they are able to devote their time to long-term activities that help them grow more nutritious food, improve their incomes, recover from shocks and become food-secure in the future.

Telling Our Stories: Leveraging Food Assistance for a Hunger Free World” documents World Vision’s experience in six countries — Uganda, Lesotho, Niger, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, and Kenya — where food assistance contributed to creating livelihood assets or a productive environment for farmers, individual households, and communities. Read the report here.

Africa’s Agricultural Potential

World Vision is a member of the Farming First coalition, which exists to promote sustainable agricultural development worldwide. The coalition recently produced an interactive infographic, "Africa's Agricultural Potential," which focuses on the many ways in which Africa can realize its potential to address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive growth sustainably. World Vision’s Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration model is featured.


  • World Vision and PATH conducted a field trial (pdf) to test Ultra Rice® grains, generating data on its stability under real world transport and storage conditions, and the health impact (pdf) among African children.

  • This video details the accomplishments of the USAID-funded Food For Assets program in 2012 in three drought-affected provinces of Zimbabwe.

Our Approach

+ What is World Vision doing to address hunger around the world?

We provide children and families with the means to fight hunger and achieve food security. Food security means that families will know where their next meal is coming from — and that it will be enough nutritious food to live an active, healthy life.

Specifically, we help hungry children and families by:

  • Increasing agricultural productivity through improved seeds and farming practices
  • Improving access to markets so farming families can profitably sell their surplus food
  • Teaching families and communities how to improve nutrition and dietary diversity
  • Managing resources in a sustainable way to prevent soil erosion, maintain soil fertility, use water more efficiently, and protect the environment

+ How do you help families grow their own food more sustainably?

We help farmers increase their productivity by:

  • Helping them get improved, locally adapted seeds and tools
  • Teaching more productive agricultural practices such as promoting diversified and integrated farming systems, including livestock
  • Training families about better post-harvest storage and processing techniques to ensure more food is preserved and less is wasted
  • Bringing farmers together in associations and cooperatives, so they have more bargaining power and better access to markets and business development services, including credit, allowing them to graduate from subsistence to commercial farming

+ What about when there’s a famine? Do you distribute food aid?

We provide short-term food aid to make sure children and families get essential nutrients during a time of crisis. At the same time, we help families strengthen and improve their ability to produce or purchase their own food. This approach helps families become more resilient and better equipped to handle future food challenges.

+ How does teaching families and communities about nutrition help?

Rural families often grow or raise their own food. They may rely on crops and animals that grow locally, as well as traditional recipes that may not create balanced nutritional meals.

We focus on ensuring nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as mothers of children under the age of 5, who are most vulnerable to the long-term impact of malnutrition. We train volunteers to help families and communities learn about nutritious, appropriate crops to grow; small animals that are easy to raise; new recipes; and how to cook variations on local recipes in order to provide more nutritious meals. Mothers also learn to recognize signs of malnourishment among their children, and what to do if they detect it.

As a result of these programs, children and families are healthier, have more energy, and get sick less often.

Our Areas of Impact

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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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