Our work

Zero hunger

Vegetable market in the Central African Republic

Contributing to the fight against hunger and malnutrition is one of our most important tasks. We believe that a large part of the solution lies in an increased focus on climate-friendly agriculture for small farmers.

A group of Congolese small farmers work and water their fields.
A group of Congolese small farmers working and watering their fields (Photo: Robert Hodosi/Caritas Norway)

Everyone has the right to food

We live in a challenging time characterized by three crises - war, climate change and economic downturns. Poverty is increasing and forcing more and more people into hunger. This makes our work more important than ever.

According to the UN 735 million children and adults are affected by hungerwhile 2.4 billion people experience a periodic lack of food security . Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are the hardest hit. While the number of people suffering from hunger has declined slightly in Asia and South America, the opposite is true in the Caribbean, West Asia and Africa.

food security means having access to enough food, safe food and nutritious food to live an active and healthy life all year round. food security is a fundamental right, enshrined in Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What are we doing at Caritas to fight hunger?

Internationally, Caritas works both short- and long-term to eradicate hunger. We do this in collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its work.

Through UN Sustainable Development Goal number 2, all countries in the world have committed to end hunger, achieve food security, better nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. To achieve this goal, we are working to increase our focus on sustainable and resilient food production, and more support for small farmers and women.

Together with local Caritas organizations in DR Congo, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Colombia, Honduras and Sri Lanka, we contribute to increased food security and better living conditions for small farmers and their families. This also benefits the local communities they live in.

What have we achieved in the last five years?

Give your support now so we can continue the fight towards zero hunger.

Small-scale female farmer irrigates her field