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.

Income Generation for Women

Thousands of women throughout CFTC communities in Uganda take the same path out of poverty as Nusura, pictured on right, did: turning a single goat into a herd and feeding, clothing and schooling herself and her children from the proceeds.

Income Generation for HIV/AIDS-affected Families

In countries where women face barriers to owning land and earning an income, being a single mom and trying to feed, clothe and educate your children can pose insurmountable challenges. In Uganda, where the rate of HIV/AIDS leaves many women-headed families struggling to survive, CFTC partner UCOBAC provides help and hope with home repairs, counselling and income-generation opportunities.

Nutrition Education Programs

Parents of sponsored children receive education from a RAINS community worker on how to keep their children healthy through proper nutrition and based home health care. Where nearby health facilities may not exist, basic knowledge and preventative care saves lives.

Emergency Feeding Programs

Vitamin supplements, milk, and high-nutrient foods are offered to children identified as malnourished and to pregnant and breast-feeding moms through CFTC partners in Haiti.

National Aboriginal Nutrition Program – Canada

CFTC’s National Aboriginal Nutrition Program provides school breakfasts, lunches and snacks in some of Canada’s neediest communities, where food insecurity affects up to 50% or more of the children.


How You Can Support Food Security


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