Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to global health, killing more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
That’s why CARE Canada has made ensuring families have a sustainable supply of nutritious food an essential part of our work.
What CARE is Doing:
CARE's work to improve access to healthy food for the most vulnerable communities in the world includes:
- Helping communities better prepare for droughts and food emergencies.
- Responding with life-saving food aid when a disaster strikes.
- Providing nutrition training for new mothers, fathers and community members.
- Supporting parents to feed their children a healthy and nutritious diet to break the cycle of malnutrition.
- Helping people afford healthy food with new economic opportunities.
- Adopting sustainable farming practices that produce greater yields, yet consider the potential impact of climate change.
- Making sure women and men can equally access supplies needed to grow nutritious food.
- Working with farmers, businesses and governments so communities have access to a healthy diet and are able to fairly sell their extra produce in local markets.
Women and girls are central to CARE’s food and nutrition approach.
Ensuring womens' and girls’ nutritional needs – particularly pregnant women, new mothers and their babies are met – is coupled with efforts to empower women with a greater voice to make decisions about their family's diet.
Women grow up to 80 per cent of nutritious food, so CARE also works closely with women farmers so they can feed their families and earn more money for a better future.