Today, there are 768 million people around the world who suffer from hunger. Of those 690 million people, 130 million suffer from acute hunger caused by conflicts, climate change and economic decline. COVID-19 has doubled the number of people suffering from hunger, putting millions more at risk.

Chomex Nkhambule (center) works on his farm with his sons Mzee (left) and Aron in Edundu.

Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to take action. By investing in communities, we can help small-scale farmers adapt techniques to deal with climate change, improve food security and nutrition and help poor, rural communities build resilience to deal with crises.

October 16 is World Food Day, a day to raise awareness and take action for those who struggle against hunger and malnutrition.

Facts about Hunger

  • Nearly 85% of people experiencing hunger live in developing countries.
  • Around 80% of displaced people live in countries affected by long-term hunger.
  • Smallholder farmers produce more than 35% of the world’s food, despite the many challenges they face, including poverty, lack of access to training and technology and more.

Together, We Respond to Hunger

PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our partners overseas to help people in vulnerable countries rise above hunger. Together, we are providing farmers with tools and training so that families have more nutritious food to eat. In times of emergency, PWS&D provides food aid and agricultural livelihood recovery. We also work to engage Canadians to take action within Canada to reduce hunger globally.

This World Food Day, respond with us

  • Use the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s new World Food Day worship resource, Hope in Times of Trouble, which includes prayers, scripture readings, a children’s feature, song suggestions and opportunities for advocacy.
  • On World Food Day, Saturday, October 16, 2021, help us raise awareness by participating in a social media takeover: change your profile picture to this graphic to let your community know you care about food security.
  • Place the “I Care About Food Security” poster in your window, beside your desk, or in your church lobby so people walking by can know it’s World Food Day, and become curious to find out more.

More ways to help end hunger:

Image of arrow pointing downHope in Times of Trouble Worship Resource

Image of arrow pointing down"I Care About Food Security" Social Media Image

Image of arrow pointing down"I Care About Food Security" Poster - Colour

Image of arrow pointing down"I Care About Food Security" Poster - B&W

PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a coalition of 15 church-based agencies working together with the common goal of eliminating global hunger.

Banner photo: Anastansia Chavula winnows corn at her home in Edundu, Malawi. She and others in the village have benefited from intercropping, crop rotation, and composting practices they learned from the Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agro-Ecology project of the Ekwendeni Mission Hospital AIDS Program, a program of the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. Credit: Paul Jeffrey