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Waste Not, Want Not

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About one third of the world’s food supply is wasted every year, says the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. That’s about 1.4 billion tons, enough to feed 2 billion people each year. Yet people still go hungry.

In developing countries, food  is wasted in the field, unharvested, or lost because of poor storage or lack of transportation to where it’s needed. In weathy countries, we throw away massive amounts of food at home, in restaurants, and grocery stores.

Meanwhile, about 805 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life, and nearly 14 percent of people in developing countries are undernourished, says the World Food Program.  

World Vision empowers farmers throughout Africa to prevent crop loss and earn better incomes with improved seed varieties, fertilizers, and storage facilities. World Vision staff there teach farmers proven methods to increase crop yield. They help communities work together to more effectively move their products to market.

World Vision is the largest distributor of food provided by the World Food Program, having delivered 177,000 tons of food in 32 countries in 2013. In 2013 World Vision provided emergency food aid for more than 7.5 million people.

Please pray for those around the world who lack enough food.

 

Written by Chris Huber

Photo © 2014 Jon Warren  / World Vision

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