Why Farms?

Almost 80 percent of all the world’s food is produced on small farms where parents and children often work side by side. Growing food is just one of the many ways farmers care for God’s creation and help share God’s gifts with others so that all are fed. Yet half of the world’s 815 million undernourished people live on farms themselves. Without access to adequate resources and training, farming families can often go hungry. And when the unexpected happens – drought, flooding, conflict and beyond – fewer farmers can make it through.

Think about it!

  • 80% of the world’s food is produced on small farms. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
  • One-half of the world’s 815 million undernourished people live on farms. (International Food and Policy Research Institute)
  • Four-fifths of the world’s food is produced on small farms that rely mainly on family labor. (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations)
  • Climate change, conflict and a lack of resources can make even potentially profitable farms unsustainable.
  • 41.2 million Americans were living in food-insecure households in 2018 (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

What is the hunger season?

The hunger season is an annual time when farmers’ stockpiles of food and money tend to run out, and food insecurity and skyrocket. Food insecurity happens when people are uncertain of having enough food to meet the needs of all family members.