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Food security and livelihood

Availability, access and proper use of food sustained over time

In a world that produces enough food for everyone, it is unacceptable that 795 million people suffer from hunger or, in other words, their food security is not guaranteed.

Food security

The availability, access and consumption of nutritional food guarantees food security.

Livelihood

Our livelihood interventions aim to guarantee people’s dignity without having to depend on external aid.

Food security and livelihood

Seguridad alimentaria y medios de vida

 

Our food security and livelihood projects, as well as dealing with issues regarding production, access and income, help prevent and anticipate future outbreaks of malnutrition.

Projects designed to promote agricultural production and the activity of local markets, support micro-enterprise initiatives, etc. In short, their goal is to improve a vulnerable community’s access to sustainable sources of food and income.

 

Food security in figures

  • 795 million people live with food insecurity worldwide
  • 100 million less than 10 years ago and 209 million less than 20 years ago
  • 63 developing countries have reached the first Millennium Development Goal within the timeframe
  • The prevalence of malnutrition has fallen from 18% to 11% in the last ten years

The causes of food insecurity depend on a range of factors - national and international policies that affect agricultural development or trade; food price fluctuations; pandemics like malaria or TB; armed conflict; and natural disasters.

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • An all-round approach

​We aim to take an all-round approach in all our activities in order to deal with the underlying and long-term causes of hunger and malnutrition. For this reason, we coordinate food security activities with those that deal with nutrition, water and sanitation and health. The integration of the different technical fields begins with the analysis and continues throughout each project’s periods of execution and evaluation.

 

  • Community involvement

We always count on the participation of the affected community at all levels and at all stages of a project and, from the very beginning, we plan for the transfer of the responsibility for the project to the community. During the situation analysis, the traditional knowledge and measures relating to crisis management are identified, in order to guarantee that the implemented food security activities are suitable for the community.

 

  • From emergency to self-sufficiency

Sometimes, food security activities begin during the initial phases of a crisis, when a community’s infrastructure and food supply have been destroyed. Our efforts, in this case, may include distribution of food, cash and other essential items in order to prevent outbreaks of serious malnutrition in the short term and to ensure that, in the future, crops and lost livestock may be recovered.

 

  • Context analysis

Food security activities must take the following into account: climate, geography, socioeconomic systems and political structures. For this reason, our programmes are designed to attend to the specific needs of each crisis and each community.

 

OUR PROJECTS aim to promote food autonomy among the most vulnerable population groups, thus guaranteeing their food security in the short, medium and long term.

  • Evaluation and monitoring of the food security situation
  • Food Aid
  • Financial Aid
  • Income-generating Activities:
  • Agricultural and Livestock Farming Activities

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Other lines of action

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene

    Secure access to prevent malnutrition

  • Nutrition and Health

    Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition and related conditions

  • Emergencies

    Immediate emergency response, post-emergency and rehabilitation

  • Advocacy

    We work to influence policies, programmes and budgets that can reduce hunger

  • Employability

    Access to the job market as a formula for bringing an end to social exclusion

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