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.