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Food & Nutrition

Helvetas works to combat the pervasive problems of malnutrition and hunger that affect more than 800 million people wordwide.
© Helvetas / GMB Akash

Helvetas helps connect disadvantaged women and men to affordable, nutritious and healthy food. In 2019, we increased food security and access to balanced diets for 31,000 people.

Fighting hunger through food security

Hunger is a daily reality for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, leaving them at risk for serious health issues and impaired cognitive development. The problem has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, ongoing conflicts and growing inequality, leaving more than 800 million children and adults struggling to access adequate and nutritious food. At the same time, more than 1.9 billion people are overweight.

Feeding a growing world population will require global coordination and action. The foundation of our food systems is threatened by the effects of climate change, deteriorating natural resources, and an aging rural labor force. The world must adapt to meet these challenges with smart innovations such as solar drying technologies or nutrition awareness building in schools that keep sustainable food production and consumption in balance.

Rohingyas Cox's Bazar Chittagong Bangladesh | © Patrick Rohr
«Malnutrition is the leading cause of disease, and vulnerable women and girls are at higher risk of death from inadequate nutrition than boys and men.»

United Nations Development Program

Our work

Helvetas works to ensure disadvantaged groups have sustainable and equitable access to natural resources, technical and financial services, and markets. We build partnerships among public, private and civil society actors to create functioning and efficient food systems. These partners advance sustainable agriculture practices, including in fragile contexts, and work alongside Helvetas to advocate for policies that increase the availability of affordable, nutritious and healthy food.

Our Expertise and Services 

Our multilingual team provides advice on food and nutrition to Helvetas’ programs as well as to external clients.

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Korotimi Kamaté attends a three-month course in vegetable growing as part of our youth and agriculture project in southern Mali. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
The acquired knowledge is immediately put into practice: under the eyes of the subject teacher, the students prepare a bed. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
The demand amongst the boys is great, but only those who are really motivated make it into the training class. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
Korotimi has already set up its own vegetable garden and sells the harvest - like these chillies - on the market, but wants to expand the planting area. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
Korotimi rides her bike to her field, but takes the family's motorcycle to get into town. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
Korotimi has built a simple tank that she fills with well water. If it is full, she can water her beds with the hose. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
Onions are often cultivated in the region. © Helvetas
© Helvetas
Korotimi has grown lettuce seedlings and planted them in an accurate bed. © Helvetas

Selected Projects: Food &Nutrition