Helping to End Hunger

In our efforts to end hunger, we’re ensuring vulnerable children, families, and communities have access to the food, nutrition education, and livelihood opportunities they need to live safely and securely in order to resist household shocks.

Why It Matters

The Food and Agriculture Organization has determined that, after decades of improvement, the number of people facing hunger is increasing around the world. Since food is central to human survival and well-being, hunger deeply inhibits people’s ability to learn, work, and live healthy, productive lives. Despite being a core need, more than 820 million people—one in every nine—suffer from chronic undernourishment. And, while significant progress has been made toward ending hunger over the last 30 years, that progress began reversing in 2015, leaving more people at risk of malnutrition.

Food insecurity is a complex issue with many interwoven causes such as poverty, inadequate access to food, lack of infrastructure such as road systems or storage facilities, climate change, natural disasters, conflict, and civil insecurity. People living in poverty can often spend 60 to 80 percent of their income on food, which usually means prioritizing food over other important needs such as healthcare and education.

At PCI, our goal is to identify and address the primary and underlying causes of hunger in order to provide long-term, lasting solutions. Our food security programs are designed to end hunger and malnutrition by imparting climate-smart and nutritionally-targeted agriculture practices; strengthening livelihoods; improving health, nutrition and hygiene practices; and supporting integrated school feeding programs. As with all our programs, these approaches are founded upon strong community engagement and a commitment to sustainability.

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Our Strategy to Solve Hunger

PCI’s food security strategies are built upon three pillars—access, availability, and utilization—and follow these core principles:

  • We design our programs to address all the integrated, key factors that limit people’s ability to resist shocks and stresses.
  • We strive to address food insecurity and nutritional challenges through climate-smart and nutritionally-targeted agricultural approaches.
  • We seek to empower households, with a special focus on women, to build the assets and income needed to withstand recurring shocks and stresses.
  • We embed essential nutrition and hygiene knowledge in all our program approaches to ensure mothers and children can thrive and maximize the benefits of a healthy diet.

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