"I was not able to provide food for my children," Obieness shares. A 44-year-old farmer in Zambia, Obieness had cultivated her land for a long time. She is a widow with seven children, and no matter how much work she put into her farm, the yield was never enough.
Why food security?
Hundreds of millions of people will go to bed hungry tonight—and every night. Hunger is the result of extreme poverty, and it keeps people stuck in the poverty trap. Without nutrition, children's minds and bodies cannot develop properly. Malnutrition compounds the effects of diseases, including HIV and AIDS, malaria, and pneumonia. And it keeps people from fully engaging in productive work and income generation.
Around the world,
- One in every nine people does not have enough food to eat
- The number of people who are undernourished is rising
- Hunger disproportionately impacts women and children—malnutrition in mothers and children contributes to 45 percent of deaths in children under the age of five
- As extreme weather increases, it is becoming more difficult to grow staple crops like wheat, rice, and corn
Through a partnership with Growing Hope Globally and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Obieness received training in conservation farming, a method that increases yield sustainably.
Her harvest changed dramatically, and her family’s health and hope have changed dramatically. “I am a proud mother because of NCM’s assistance that I have been receiving,” she says. “My life has changed to a better one.”
How do food security programs make a difference?
NCM partners with local churches to provide long-term agricultural programs such as small-scale farming, animal husbandry, and fish farms, as well as nutrition education, to improve health and provide a source of income for families and individuals. Many of the programs are geared specifically for women as a way to provide for children and families.
Stories of Impact
In Kosova, 45 percent of people struggle to have consistent, nutritious food to eat. Through one ministry providing greenhouses, families are able to grow nutritious food for both income generation and consumption, as well as helping other families build greenhouses, too. One recipient, Nora, and her family worried that the income from their greenhouse still wouldn’t be enough. Within a week, they had sold everything they grew.
As the program coordinators were leaving her house, Nora stopped them. “You can’t leave without praying for us!” she told them. “I know God answers prayer!”
In Venezuela, Lebanon, and Jordan, local churches are responding to humanitarian crisis by providing packages of staple foods to families in extreme need. In Lebanon, 360 families currently receive food packages every other month.
In Venezuela, local churches are providing baskets of food staples. One mother, Carmen, was only able to feed her children one meal a day before she received the supplemental food. The church became a safe space for them.
The simple ministry of love opened the door to transformation through Christ.
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