Africa: Food Security

CWSEA: Food security in East Africa
CWS's Food Security programs in Africa assist marginalized households and communities to ensure access to sufficient food at all times. Photo: CWS

Hunger affects more than 840 million people worldwide. More than 300 million of these people are in Africa.

Natural disasters such as flood and drought destroy crops and leave people vulnerable to starvation. Also, diseases such as HIV/AIDS seriously erode a household’s ability to secure food by incapacitating a person’s ability to work.

Poor nutrition is also an obstacle to progress: It increases susceptibility to disease, hinders learning, and leaves a person weak, unable to work and incapable of meeting family needs.

CWS's Food Security programs in Africa assist marginalized households and communities to ensure access to sufficient food at all times.

Areas of Focus

Food Production: CWS partners train households to produce food in new places, with a focus on increasing the quantity of food produced through good agronomic practices, appropriate technologies/skills, and the use of improved breeds, among other strategies.

Food Accessibility: CWS addresses physical and economic issues impacting a household’s ability to access food.

Food Utilization: Some households may have access to food but remain at risk of hunger due to a community’s specific food preferences or a lack of technology/skills for food processing. Training in food utilization enables community members to use food in new ways, producing food that is more palatable to the people.

Asset Creation: After immediate food needs are met, CWS works with households on projects designed to generate income and other assets in order to offset future threats relating to hunger. These assets may include the creation of a financial savings base, the purchase of household equipment, farms and the formation of businesses and cooperatives.