Campaign with us

Campaign with us

We campaign on behalf of some of the world’s poorest people. We are dedicated to working for a world in which no one dies for want of safe, quality, nutritious food. Join us in working towards a world free from hunger.

Pragmatic approach

Concern believes in taking a pragmatic approach to eradicating poverty and hunger. We work every day to engage the UK government in our work and improve government policy to ensure the best possible outcome for the world’s poorest communities. Read our most recent briefing paper to see some examples of our work and our recommendations to the UK government.

Breaking the hunger cycle

Significant progress has been made in reducing hunger around the world over the last 20 years, yet 798 million people still go to bed hungry each night. Famine has struck and four extreme food crises loom at the start of 2017. In parts of South Sudan 100,000 people face starvation where the declaration of famine was the first for six years. A further three countries, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, also face a credible risk of famine. 50 countries are currently facing serious and alarming levels of hunger.

A combination of ongoing conflict and devastating climate disasters means that the world’s poorest people are unable to break out of the cycle of hunger. However, with political will and practical proven solutions, we know that together we change the lives of people for whom every day is a battle for survival.

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We believe that the international community must focus its efforts on those most in need, living in fragile states, where infrastructure is weak and disasters hit hardest. Concern works with the hardest to reach communities who are most likely to fall into a worsening cycle of hunger.

So, how do we do it? Concern has been battling to eliminate hunger for many years and believe in only using pragmatic and results driven solutions. That's why we're campaigning on three fronts that we know will alleviate hunger, break the cycle of food crises and lead communities towards sustainable development. These are:

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Quality Nutrition Programmes

Providing nutrition support is one of the best ways to help communities to develop and become stronger over the long term. Good quality food, rich in nutrients and minerals, is vital for healthy growth. This is especially important during the first 1,000 days of life; the nutrients babies receive during their mothers' pregnancy and until their second birthday can set them up, but equally set them back, for life. Good nutrition is invaluable for individuals, but it can also power development, Children who have good nutrition in their first two years are more likely to succeed at school and be more productive as adults. A more productive population drives development, and in some cases can improve GDP by up to 10 percent.

Join us in calling on the UK government to scale up investments to nutrition-specific interventions and improves the quality of its nutrition programmes by integrating nutrition into more of its health, agriculture and water and sanitation programmes.

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Resilience Building

Disasters, conflict and climate change hit the poorest hardest. Our resilience projects build people's ability to protect themselves in crises and live free from hunger in the long-term. Building resilience is all about helping people prepare in advance for the risk of disasters, rather than responding after the event. This approach has the potential to save lives and prevent widespread suffering. It also costs significantly less than a humanitarian response.

Explore our resilient village to find out more about how we work with communities to reduce their risk to hunger and food crises.

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Effective Emergency Response

When communities are overwhelmed by food crisis the international response must be swift, efficient and properly resourced. Concern believes that current emergency response is often too slow and underfunded. If these measures are in place then communities that are hit by disaster will be able to recover faster and become stronger in the process. Through our advocacy we are encouraging the UK Government to play a key role in working with other donors to address the barriers to effective, principled humanitarian response when disasters strike around the world.

Read and share our Breaking the Cycle report

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