Food is a human right, but there are more hungry people now than at any time in history. The causes of hunger aren’t natural, they’re manmade - and we can fix them.
1 in 8 people do not have enough to eat and hunger kills 6 million children every year. That's one child every 10 seconds. Women are particularly at risk too. The UN estimates that 60% of the 1 billion people currently suffering from hunger are women and girls.
Child sponsorship and hunger
Anjani (pictured right) is from Charbhariya's Musahar community in India.
Her parents own a small plot of unproductive waterlogged land. The Musahar community are one of India's most impoverished and marginalised groups.
Most Musahar people reside in rural districts of Nepal and India's states where they are the victims of ingrained local prejudice and administrative indifference.
Literacy levels in the community are as low as 2 percent and child malnutrition is common. ActionAid is helping Dalit (or ‘untouchable’) communities like Anjani’s to tackle the root causes of their conditions by lobbying for their rights and helping to provide education.
When you sponsor a child, you'll be providing the resources for real, long-term change. You'll get two letters a year from the child you sponsor, and updates from the country programme to tell you how the money you are spending is changing the community your child lives in.
Taking action to end world hunger
Eliza Namuru and her sister in-law Cristina harvest rice in the village of Mlaviwa in Malawi. Partly due to the rising food prices around the globe, the agricultural sector in the developing world, after years of neglect, is receiving more and more attention.
By tackling the causes of hunger, we can affect long-term, sustainable change and work towards ending poverty.
There has been a long-term lack of support for small farmers, especially women, and a lack of investment in sustainable agriculture over the last 20 years.
Women produce 80% of the world’s food but often do not have the right to own land, leaving them vulnerable to hunger.
In over thirty countries, ActionAid works with small-scale farmers, especially women, to access the practical support they need.