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Climate change. Gaps in health education and resources. The ongoing marginalization of women. We are at a pivotal moment to address the global hunger crisis.

The impact on hunger

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The global food crisis existed long before Russia invaded Ukraine, but this food-system catastrophe is sending shockwaves throughout the world, exacerbating the causes of chronic hunger.

In Ethiopia, agricultural resources like fertilizer — typically imported from Russia and Ukraine — are becoming incredibly scarce… and expensive. This is driving down agricultural productivity for small and commercial farmers, adding economic strain to an already tense social and political situation.

“It’s like piercing a wound with a stick,” says Teshome Shibru, our Country Manager in Ethiopia. This local saying means that something is making a bad situation worse.

The impact on choices

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India is the world’s largest democracy and home to more than 1.3 billion citizens. On paper, India’s trajectory looks impressive: life expectancy has doubled, adult literacy has quadrupled, and the economy is among the fastest growing globally.

But gender inequality is pervasive. The ratio of girl children to boy children is steadily decreasing, while violence against women and girls is on the rise. And despite a 1992 constitutional amendment that mandated one-third of all seats in panchayats (village councils) be reserved for women, they still face significant setbacks in winning equal representation in government.

“The conditions for women in India are horrible. They are second-class citizens. Men think they are superior to women. Women struggle with many problems. They cannot go where they want. Women are even beaten in their own households … Disadvantaged in every way you can imagine.”

– Rajwanti Singh, a former village councilor in Posta, India. See Rajwanti’s story.
The impact on our environment

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Climate change. Deforestation. Water scarcity. Soil erosion. These environmental concerns are global problems — and we must all deal with the effects. But individuals living in conditions of hunger and poverty bear the greatest burden, as they rely heavily on agriculture, and are especially vulnerable to extreme weather events often caused by climate change.

In Uganda, climate change, poverty and hunger are cyclical. Here, growth in poverty levels and food insecurity, coupled with continuing population growth and poor agricultural practices will continue to provoke climate disasters. These disasters — like floods, landslides and rising water levels — displace people from their homes, destroying farmlands and livelihoods.

“We have to reorder people’s mindsets to realize that climate disasters are not inevitable, that they are a direct consequence of their actions, which also means that they have the power to reverse their frequency if they change their livelihood methods,” says Irene Naikaali Sentongo, the Head of Programs at The Hunger Project-Uganda.

– Irene Naikaali Sentongo, the Head of Programs at The Hunger Project-Uganda. Learn more about how we’re counteracting climate change in Uganda.
But communities are resilient

We must act globally to end hunger.

Hunger and poverty are not problems of one country or another — they are global issues that affect us all. Systemic issues that cannot be solved by “donors and recipients,” but by rising to the challenge together, working alongside our global neighbors.

To end hunger, we must start with strengthening local food systems. Our community-led, gender-focused development strategies create climate resilience, leverage leadership training to put more women in office, build agricultural education for smallholder farmers, and are expanding upon sustainable ways to increase nutrition and self-reliance.

The result: Biodiversity enhances. Farmers gain increased access to markets. Natural resources are managed better. Strong local food systems means women, consumers and smallholder farmers can continue to build thriving and resilient communities.

The future is calling