Developments in 2022 were dominated by the Russian war of aggression and its far-reaching humanitarian consequences. The invasion not only brought misery to the people of Ukraine, but also had a severe impact on the countries of the Global South. Grain shipments stopped arriving, and the situation was exacerbated by extreme weather events, food speculation and the consequences of ­COVID-19. The food situation became increasingly severe. Thanks to your support, SWISSAID was able to provide emergency aid in Niger, with over 100,000 people receiving food parcels and seeds for fast-growing cereals and vegetables.

But according to a study by the Alliance for Sustainable Food Systems and Empowered Communities (Sufosec), which is supported by SWISSAID, Niger is not the only country to see a worsening food situation. The report also draws attention to possible solutions, however, highlighting how agroecology can help to ensure a lasting improvement. Empowering smallholders and supporting sustainable, local food production can significantly reduce the risk of hunger.

We will continue to press ahead with this approach. Many thanks for your support – both past and future!


Since 2019, Fabian Molina and Bastienne Joerchel are the co-presidents of the Foundation. They ensure the adherence to the Foundation’s guidelines and oversee the most important decisions. The complementarity of these two personalities allows SWISSAID to integrate diverse and inclusive viewpoints and competences.