World hunger relief: With App against poverty

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Wars and climate change exacerbate Hunger, the world hunger aid in the annual report in 2018. In your programs, you also relies on digital instruments. Target: The people own.

After they had been expelled, was missing it at everything: drinking water, tents, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, Blankets, – all this in huge quantities. Because after decades of war and violence of the Congo (DR Congo) in the Democratic Republic of 4.3 million people on the run. Especially in the East of the country armed groups spread, which led in the year 2018 to massive displacement. The result: fields remained waste, Crops withered, the supply situation was becoming more dramatic. Around 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance – about 14 percent of the population.

The situation in the Congo was and hunger assistance for the world is a tremendous challenge. In its annual report in 2018, the organisation draws an impressive picture of the situation and the consequences it has for their work. So it was the lasting values of fighting the supply of the people. For safety reasons, the helper of 2018 had their activities in the regions of Beni, Masisi, Lubero and Ituri on several occasions to interrupt. In addition, epidemics plagued the country: So sick between July 2018 and may 2019, approximately 1500 people to Ebola, about 1000 of them died.

War and displacement: the refugee camp in the province of Ituri, democratic Republic of the Congo

The struggle for water and pasture

Violence, calls for organizations such as the world hunger relief twice, says Mathias Mogge, General Secretary of the auxiliary organization, in the DW-interview: “Hunger is also reinforced by wars and conflicts. In countries such as the Sudan, the Congo or the Niger, armed conflicts cause people to leave their villages and their whole livelihood to lose. At the same time resources such as water and grazing areas are scarce, which leads to further confrontations.” Mogge refers to further charges: “Add to this the climate change that brings people in additional crises. All of this happens in countries and societies where the people have little resistance to withstand such emergencies.”

Thus, the Engagement of Welthungerhilfe is also understood as a contribution to long-term peace in the country. In the Congo, the appropriate steps by September 2018 were again possible, as the military situation relaxed: Many families were able to return to their villages. The Welthungerhilfe distributed seeds and tools – important goods stolen from the people during the conflict or destroyed goods. In addition, the families received cash, because the only way you could survive the time until the next harvest.

Overall, the helpers had six projects, by the people drinking water, seeds and crops received. So you support just under 150,000 inhabitants in Ituri, to take care of itself again. This also learned, through beekeeping, to make growing vegetables, or planting Nutzbäumen independent.

Reason For Flight Drought. Scene from Eritrea

Market access

The organization also makes the reconstruction: the struggles of the villages, cities and roads were destroyed. In the case of the repair measures, the local population is actively working. So roads will be restored, the people connect with the market places. This helps the farmers to sell their Goods. Because by long-lasting violence Knowledge was lost, the people at the training: How it can be used in the soil, which vegetables grow well and how the marketing works? What ingredients it needs for a healthy diet?

Essentially, it is to give people the help that allows them to live an independent life, says Mathias Mogge. “We try to always find solutions that bring people, at least in the medium term, in a independence so that you can make your life a self-determined way.” The aim is to overcome in addition to the Hunger and poverty: “In Zimbabwe, for instance, we have distributed small quantities of seed, on the basis of which people produce further seeds and bring them to market.”

App provides seeds and equipment

In Africa, the world is committed to hunger relief, as in no other continent otherwise. In more than 205 projects in 19 countries, they supported a total of six and a half million people. The total volume of relief operations: € 126.1 million. Also in Asia, the organization is heavily involved. There she is active in 14 countries, but especially in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Everywhere it is one, says Mathias Mogge: the help to the local conditions to adapt.

“In Myanmar, we have programmed in collaboration with the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, an App that has the objective of seed production boost.” This App will inform the users about where they could sell seeds. Conversely, those who are in need of seed, where and from whom you could purchase it is the invariable practice. To avoid usury, had set the price on the App. A different App to inform the users about what kind of farmers where tools do not rent, you just need: “you can ask then. In the App, the appropriate rates are set.”

On the basis of the principle of providing help for self-help, has supported the world hunger aid in the year 2018 in 37 countries, around 10.5 million people. Many people, as it says in the annual report, harvested, and might feed better. You now have clean drinking water or toilets, and are therefore less likely to get sick. Through the support of the people could generate their own income or training.