1 in 9 people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.

Malnutrition continues to be the world’s #1 public health challenge.

More than 800 million people still do not have the food they need to live healthy, productive lives; 60% of them are women. One out of every four children in developing countries – roughly 146 million – is underweight. More than five million children under five die in developing countries every year due to malnutrition and hunger-related diseases. In Canada, food insecurity for Aboriginal children and adults living on and off-reserve ranges from 21% to 83%, compared to 3% to 9% for non-Aboriginal Canadians.
Food security programs in Africa

Children line up for lunch in Ghana © CFTC 2011

Canadian Lunch Feeding Program

School feeding program at Eel Ground First Nation School, Canada © CFTC 2013

Bolivia school children eating lunch

Children enjoying a meal provided by NJDP, Cochabamba, Bolivia © CFTC 2007

CFTC’s approach to food security is built on three pillars:

Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet. Food use: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

Why Food Security Matters

Food security is the foundation for unleashing full human potential.

Increased economic and community development – People who are food secure can fully participate in economic activity and contribute to social development needs in their communities. Education benefits – Parents who can feed their children reliably can then attend to other basic necessities such as education. Health gains – Malnutrition, which the World Health Organization calls the single greatest threat to the world’s public health, decreases dramatically when people are food secure. Dietary-based diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes – growing problems in Canada’s food-insecure Aboriginal communities – also decline. Sustainable poverty alleviation – Reliable agricultural and non-agricultural income breaks the cycle of poverty by ensuring people can grow, purchase and consume nutritious, culturally-appropriate food in adequate quantities – lifting individuals, families and communities out of poverty permanently.

CFTC’s Food Security Programs

Community-based agricultural, income generation, feeding and nutrition programs, implemented by local partners.

How You Can Support Food Security

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