Chad is among the countries most affected by hunger. Women suffer doubly: Aside from suffering from hunger, they have hardly any rights, even though they are the ones feeding the world and are responsible for 70 percent of the world’s food.
This is also the case for the farmers Yaya, Esther and Marceline. These three women from the village of Kemkaga in southern Chad work hard, but their food is scarce. They are responsible for household chores, raising children and working in the fields – most of the time, however – they are alone; oftn times their husbands seek their fortunes in the cities, hoping for a better life there.
World hunger is on the raise again
Nearly one in ten people worldwide remain hungry today, according to the United Nations World Food Report. Confidence reigned back in 2015 when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda at a special summit, committing 193 member states to eradicating poverty and hunger once and for all by 2030. Six years later, however, forecasts paint a far bleaker picture: The number of people suffering from hunger has been rising sharply again for a few years. If the trend continues, there could be up to 840 million malnourished children, women and men in ten years.
Become part of the solution
Fighting hunger with agroecology and gender equality
SWISSAID has been promoting agroecological production for decades. Agroecology strengthens the relationship between nature, agriculture and health and promotes a sustainable food system, biodiversity and genetic diversity. Agroecologically managed farms are therefore more resilient to crises, viruses and pests – for people, plants and animals.
Women feed the world – yet they often have hardly any rights. That is why SWISSAID has been working for decades to empower women. Thanks to literacy and agroecology courses, women farmers are successfully asserting themselves in a man’s world. In addition, they are role models for their children and entire communities.
We are all part of the solution
With agroecology and a focus on gender equality, we have a powerful tool to fight hunger. But we are convinced that the great challenges of this time can only be tackled by working together. We are all part of the solution: the smallholder farmer in Chad, the donor in Switzerland, the politician in Bern. SWISSAID puts the various parts together. So that the vision of a world without hunger becomes reality. Piece by piece.