Overview

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 Islamic Aid partners with communities to address immediate food needs — but also to grow sustainable food for the future.

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Why hunger?

Islamic Aid knows hunger affects everything for the world’s poorest people. We believe no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does. That is why Islamic Aid is working for a world in which no one dies for want of safe, quality, nutritious food.

Our role

Islamic Aid strives to tackle hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places. For more than 12 years, Islamic Aid has been developing and delivering practical, intelligent, sustainable solutions that have transformed lives. We combine our expertise with local knowledge.

The problem of hunger

Hunger is the world’s biggest health problem – 870 million people do not have enough to eat and 98% of them live in developing countries. Islamic Aid believes that no one should have to live with hunger and the damage it does.

Tough choices

Hunger forces people to make tough choices that push them further into poverty: parents take their children out of school to work; families eat seeds that should be preserved for the next harvest. Lack of food also jeopardises the well-being of families: mothers are forced to reduce the number of meals children eat; families replace nutritious foods like vegetables and beans for staples like corn and millet.

Long-term effects

The long-term effects of hunger go beyond health. Poor nutrition leads to poor performance in school and fewer opportunities. Children’s brains will not fully develop and their bodies will be stunted. This has a devastating and harmful effect on families, communities and countries. Malnutrition increases disease by weakening the immune system, making it vulnerable to the effects of diarrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and AIDS.

Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes without food. We can stop mothers from starving themselves to feed their families. We can save lives. We can do all of this, if we are prepared to do something about it