Food crisis

There is enough food in the world for everyone, yet one in eight people are still living in hunger globally. 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the commitment on the Right to Food, but in spite of global commitments to reduce hunger by half by 2015, 842 million people still do not have enough food to eat.

ActionAid's work on food focuses on addressing the causes of hunger, and securing the right to food. To do this we play a key role in monitoring and influencing land, food and agricultural policy at national, regional and global level. Some of the global food governance mechanisms we monitor and influence include: Committee on World Food Security (CFS); Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP); G8 and G20 processes; European Food Security Group (EFSG) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

And we advocate 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.

To mitigate soaring global food prices, which has a disproportionate effect on the poor and hungry, we are regularly monitoring food price rises and supporting countries to develop proactive responses and strategies.

ActionAid also co-funds the International Food Security Network (IFSN), which aims to leverage civil society groups’ influence on advocating for pro-poor food security policies at local and global levels, through building solidarity across movements and networks. Today, these networks combine the voices of more than 1,400 small and national level organisations working on food security in five continents, with over a million people.

Through these approaches, ActionAid is tackling the root causes of hunger, so that everyone can enjoy the right to have enough food to eat.