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Food rights

Every day, one in six people goes to bed hungry. Yet the world produces more than enough food for everybody. We’re tackling the causes of hunger, so that everyone can enjoy the right to have enough to eat.

ActionAid's work on food focuses on addressing the root causes of hunger, calling for international food policies that benefit smallholder farmers, especially women, promoting women's rights to land and other natural resources, and promoting sustainable agriculture that helps farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change.

There were 925 million undernourished people in 2010, more than 1 in 10 people in developing countries. Although that number has been falling, the fact that nearly a billion people still don't get enough to eat is a scandal.

Why are so many people hungry?

There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, but food, and the economic and political power to get it, isn't equally shared out.

  • Hunger results from the unequal distribution of food, and the lack of access to and control over resources.
  • Climate change is already having a devastating impact on hungry people - Floods, droughts and other extreme weather conditions are destroying poor people’s lives.
  • Global food prices have skyrocketed by 83 percent in the last 2 years (wheat has gone up 181 percent) – The world’s poor, those who already spend 60 to 80 percent of their budget on food, are the hardest hit.
  • Growing demand for biofuels and large-scale corporate land grabs are driving poor farmers off their land and threatening their livelihoods.
How we work for Food Rights
  • Climate change threatens the livelihoods of many farmers around the world. More long term changes in the patterns of temperature and precipitation from climate change will harm poor smallholder farmers who do not have the means to cope.

  • Women smallholder farmers in many countries are responsible for not only producing the food but also feeding their families and communities. Yet, they face multiple constraints in ensuring their food security.

  • Land, water, forests. They are all around us and provide us with the resources we need to survive. And yet, as they become increasingly privatised and commoditised, the poorest and the most marginalised people, especially women, are deprived of their basic human rights, including their right to food.

    Would you put up with this?

  • Households around the developing world spend on average 70 percent of their income on food. Any increase in food price is therefore likely to have a disproportionate effect on the poor and hungry.

  • By building solidarity through movements and networks, the International Food Security Network (IFSN) aims to leverage civil society groups’ influence on advocating for pro-poor food security policies at local and global levels.

  • Welcome to our special page for the Rio+20 Earth Summit (or to give it its full title: Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development). We are covering the main summit itself on 20-22 June and the G20 meeting that immediately preceeded it.

  • There were activities from across the globe in ActionAid countries for World Food Day 2012, highlighting the need to solve hunger and reduce poverty.

    Nepalese women text in their land issues for World Food Day
  • Our goals are to ensure that governments stick to their pledge to halve hunger, and that the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in the South, especially women, are secured.

    We Won't Accept Hunger

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