Food loss and food waste are major contributors to global hunger. If we could recover all the food we waste, we could feed every hungry person on the planet twice over.
The impacts of conflicts, natural disasters and crop failures are not ‘gender neutral’. Gender considerations are critical to humanitarian action as crises impact the lives of women and men, girls and boys in different ways.
Providing food to hungry people is just one part of ending hunger. We also need long-term solutions like sustainable farming, increasing the efficiency of local markets and making sure people earn enough money to support themselves.
Imagine cooking a meal without running water, electricity or even a countertop. Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin. And yet, millions of women around the world do it every day. See 10 of their kitchens.
The first 1,000 days of life refers to the ‘window of opportunity’ from a child’s conception through to her second birthday, and it shape us in ways that last a lifetime.
or every year a girl stays in primary school, her future income increases up to 20%. It also makes her more likely to marry later, have fewer children and avoid being a victim of violence.
Lack of nutrition is a leading cause of death during childbirth. Providing the right nutrition at the right time can also help change lives and break the cycle of poverty.
If female farmers had the same access to resources as men, there could be 100-150 million fewer people suffering from hunger.
A woman and her young son stand in front of a grain warehouse in Madagascar. Across Africa, farmers lose up to 40 percent of all the food they harvest because of insects, rats and mold that permeate traditional silos. With access to modern farming equipment, they could cut their food loss to less than 2 percent.
Armeline works at a school garden in Madagascar growing vegetables that are used in WFP’s school meals program. In 2018, more than 290,000 school children in Madagascar received daily hot meals. For every year a girl stays in school, her future income increases up to 20 percent. She is also more likely to marry later, have fewer children and have better health.
In Chad, Africa, 87 percent of the rural population lives below the poverty line. This woman participates in WFP’s Food for Assets program, which provides food to participants in exchange for their work on public projects like roads, dams and irrigation systems. When women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of their earnings back into their families.
A woman gathers firewood at a makeshift camp for displaced people in Kabul, Afghanistan. The camp has very little clean water, lacks adequate sanitation facilities, and offers limited protection from the harsh weather. In every corner of the world, women are more likely than men to live in extreme poverty like this. Globally, women do 2.6 times more domestic work than men and earn 23 percent less for paid work.