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Woman in Sudan farming
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT-Caritas

Hunger affects more than a billion people worldwide.  Hunger is an obstacle to progress: It increases susceptibility to disease, hinders learning, and leaves a person weak and unable to work or meet family needs. This break in self-reliance inhibits developing economies and creates poverty.

Eradicating hunger and poverty is a cornerstone of Church World Service’s mission, and the problem isn’t just about getting people more food. Church World Service is promoting food security with programs that provide inputs, protect land rights, support nutrition education and food diversification, and value indigenous knowledge.

Enough for All

The CWS Enough for All campaign marries our ongoing anti-poverty and human rights work -- in such areas as food security, access to water, and women's empowerment -- with attention to climate change. Instead of “siloing” all these issues, we are working with partners in crafting programs that recognize the interconnections between the issues.  Consistent with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Church World Service is working to end hunger and poverty and build a world in which there truly is enough for all.

Photo Galleries

Build a Village Build a Village: Bosnia
Through a CWS-supported community development initiative in the Municipality of Bosansko Grahovo, Canton 10, Bosnia-Herzegovina, families are improving their lives and livelihoods in a sustainable, holistic and participatory way. View photo gallery

Ensuring food security

Ensuring food security via a farming resource center
On the frontlines of climate change, in Geo Rabari, Sindh province, Pakistan, water and food are scarce.  Church World Service and its local partner are helping farmers unite to get the water they need to grow food, as well as save seeds for the next season in a community seed bank. View photo gallery

Women start revolving fund to promote development and food security in Nicaragua

Woman tending her garden
Woman tending her garden.
Photo: CEPAD

Some 57 women leaders in 19 rural communities are developing three women-headed revolving funds to promote local development and food security initiatives, with the help of Church World Service, Foods Resource Bank, and local partner CEPAD.

Rural Nicaraguan women produce much of the food their families consume. But they have lacked many of the resources available to men, including access to credit, title to land, and technological assistance in improving productivity and diversification. Though this is slowly changing, many women remain in need of training and resources to allow them to improve conditions for their families. Read more