OVERVIEW – FOOD

One in eight people in the world does not have enough to eat. To put that into perspective, approximately 968,758,000 people on our planet are going on with their daily lives painfully without proper nourishment.

98% of them live in developing countries. Islamic Aid strives to tackle hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places.

Most poor people in developing countries spend around 70% of their income on food.

Number of people facing acute food security worldwide surged by 25% last year

Food Shortages Around the World

Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their own families, much less sell for additional income. With the rapid rise in global warming, under-developed nations are suffering. Unpredictable rainfall patterns and uncontrollable natural disasters are affecting the production process of farms negatively.

Why hunger?

Islamic Aid knows hunger affects everything for the world’s poorest people, and they are not able to improve their condition without the help of charitable organisations or the donations of people who are well-off. We believe no one should have to live with hunger and the long-term damage it does to a person’s physical and mental health.

Providing to the poor not only helps those in need, but it also benefits the giver by enhancing their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

Our role

Islamic Aid strives to tackle hunger with the most vulnerable people in the world’s poorest places. For more than 12 years, Islamic Aid has been developing and delivering practical, intelligent, sustainable solutions that have transformed lives. We combine our expertise with local knowledge by talking to the villagers and understanding what exactly their problems are and how we can efficiently address and eliminate them. This way we can provide feasible and smart solutions instead of wasting resources on procedures that do not contribute to fixing their problems.

Tough choices

Hunger forces people to make tough choices that push them further into poverty: parents take their children out of school to work; families eat seeds that should be preserved for the next harvest. Smallholder farmers do not have adequate storage facilities to protect their supplies against pests and weather. Lack of food also jeopardises the well-being of families: mothers are forced to reduce the number of meals children eat; families replace nutritious foods like vegetables and beans for staples like corn and millet.

Most of their time, effort and mental space is taken up by the fear and worry that their families will not be able to survive the next day. This drains them of all their energy and thus, cannot put any effort into productive economic processes, and therefore they do not earn enough money. This vicious cycle is what we are aiming to eliminate.

Long-term effects

The long-term effects of hunger go beyond physical health. Poor nutrition leads to poor performance in school and fewer opportunities. Children’s brains will not fully develop and their bodies will be stunted. This has a devastating and harmful effect on families, communities and countries: The productivity of the very important young labor force is being compromised, which has a domino effect on weakening the economy. This, in turn, leads to fewer jobs and decreased health and food facilities.

Malnutrition increases disease by weakening the immune system, making it vulnerable to the effects of:

Effects of Malnutrition:

  • Diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Blood pressure drop
  • Slowing heart rate
  • Hypotension
  • Dehydration
  • Thyroid malfunction
  • Abdominal pain
  • Low potassium
  • Body temperature fluctuation

Other Concerning Problems:

  • Mental health degradation
  • Little-to-zero productivity
  • Not maintaining a healthy diet
  • Not participating in economic activities
  • Brain and bodies not fully developing
  • Lack of mental/physical strength for education

Hunger is not an incurable disease or an unavoidable tragedy. We can make sure no child goes without food. We can stop mothers from starving themselves to feed their families. We can save lives. We can do all of this, if we are motivated enough to put our resources into selfless practices, and if we truly recognize + empathize with the current global hunger situation.