Why It Matters

After decades of progress, the Food and Agriculture Organization has found that the number of people battling hunger is rising over the world. Hunger severely limits people's ability to learn, work, and live healthy, productive lives since food is so important to human life and well-being. Despite being a basic requirement, more than 820 million people—one out of every nine—are malnourished. And, while tremendous progress has been achieved in the last 30 years toward ending hunger, that trend began to reverse in 2015, putting more people at risk of malnutrition.

Cameroon's prevalence of malnutrition was 5.3 percent in 2020. Cameroon's prevalence of malnutrition has gradually decreased from 15.9% in 2006 to 5.3 percent in 2020.

Poverty, insufficient access to food, a lack of infrastructure such as roads or storage facilities, climate change, natural catastrophes, violence, and civil instability are all factors that contribute to food insecurity. Food is commonly spent 60 to 80 percent of a poor person's income, which implies food is prioritized over other critical requirements such as healthcare and education.

Our mission at H4BF is to identify and address the root causes of hunger in order to provide long-term, sustainable solutions. Our food security programs aim to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by teaching climate-smart and nutritionally tailored agriculture techniques, boosting livelihoods, promoting health, nutrition, and hygiene, and supporting integrated school feeding programs. These initiatives, like all of our projects, are based on strong community engagement and a commitment to long-term sustainability.

We're ensuring that vulnerable children, families, and communities have access to the food, nutrition education, and livelihood opportunities they need to live safely and securely in order to withstand household shocks as part of our efforts to eradicate hunger.

Our Strategy to Solve Hunger

  • The food security initiatives of H4BF are based on three pillars: access, availability, and use, and they adhere to the following key principles:
    Our programs are created to address all of the interconnected, critical variables that restrict people’s ability to withstand shocks and pressures.
    Through climate-smart and nutritionally-targeted farming practices, we attempt to alleviate food insecurity and nutritional issues.
  • We want to help families, particularly women, establish the assets and income they need to endure periodic shocks and strains.
  • To ensure that mothers and children thrive and reap the full advantages of a nutritious diet, we incorporate key nutrition and hygiene knowledge into all of our program approaches.