Our growing, global food security program now feeds an astonishing 10 million meals a year to the hungry, malnourished and undernourished, including 10 million pounds of meat in 44 countries. Yet this is not enough: Food insecurity in the world has never been higher and is growing. About 2 billion people (1 in 4 human beings on earth) do not have sufficient access to nutritious meals. Of these, 1 in 9 (800 million plus) experience severe food insecurity, suffer real hunger. Our programs focus on three major nutrition problems:
(1) Food availability: enough food supply on a daily basis;
(2) food access: resources to get appropriate foods for a nutritious diet;
(3) food utilization: consuming a nutritious diet.
This means teaching people to prepare food properly, consume it with a basic understanding of nutrition, and giving them access to good water, safe sanitation, and inculcating healthy hygiene practices.
In war-ravaged Yemen, for example, its people teetering on the edge of starvation, we not only provided emergency food baskets for thousands of its poorest and sickest internally displaced with our local partner Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, we partnered with Mercy-Corps, funding the training of hundreds of Yemeni sesame growers to increase the quality, quantity and availability of this local food staple yield as part of a long-term food resiliency answer to food insecurity.
In Ghana, we organized and automated two rural women’s cooperatives, processing cassava — a carbohydrate-rich root crop tolerant of seasonal drought, into gari (a meal like farina), and then into ma flour, the perfect staple for Ghana’s tropical climate, converting into an amazing array of sustainable and sustaining foods, from bread to tapioca.
Our milestone Animal Husbandry Program in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger, India and Bangladesh has grown from a few dozen initial cattle pairs to now directly feeding and giving financial independence to nearly 10,000 farmers and herders.
Feed the world’s poor and hungry for the sake of God.
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