Despite recent progress in reducing global hunger, 821 million people remain undernourished. At least 5 million of them live in Communities where Help Meet Shine works.
Food insecurity — and the malnutrition that often comes with it — causes poor physical and cognitive development, increases vulnerability to disease, limits productivity over a lifetime, and impedes economic development. A lack of nutritious food wreaks havoc on families and communities, causing a lifetime of challenges.
We work with communities, local organizations and authorities to identify the root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition. We use this knowledge to develop comprehensive and inclusive programming aimed at achieving resilient food security and improving nutrition.
We don’t just improve people’s access to nutritious food — we also address the underlying issues that keep people from accessing it and making healthy use of it in the first place.
When we include food security and nutrition as part of our programming, whether it’s dealing with conflict, climate change, or another issue, we strengthen the foundation of well-being upon which people can build secure, productive and just communities.
In Communities where Help Meet Shine works, agriculture is the primary means of food security for 57 percent of the population.
In communities across the world, intense change is disrupting growth and threatening livelihoods.
For farmers and other small business owners, selling the goods they produce presents many challenges. Some don’t have transportation.
We contribute rigorously-produced reports on what programs and policies are the most effective in addressing the major development challenges of our time.
In every community where we work, we connect people to the resources and opportunities they need to build strong, stable livelihoods that can withstand future challenges.
Throughout its history, Help Meet Shine has demonstrated innovation, timeliness and the ability to quickly adapt to changing realities.