Sharing food is a fundamental part of many religions.
In the book of Luke in the Christian Bible, for example, Christians are urged to share food: “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food let him do likewise.”
A famous Hindu proverb reads: “May the person who donated food remain happy forever.”
In the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, those who feed the needy are described as those who will be among the “companions of the right” and will inherit paradise.
The Buddha said “hunger is the worst kind of illness,” and that “if people knew the results of giving, they wouldn’t eat without having shared their meal with others.”
Based on these principles, faith-based organizations have historically contributed to humanitarian aid worldwide, many of them with a focus on alleviating hunger and promoting food security. Food Tank is excited to highlight 24 faith-based organizations fighting food insecurity around the globe.
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is headquartered in Switzerland and has program units in 19 countries including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. AKF works to reduce inequalities and increase food security, following the ethical principles of Islam. AKF focuses on boosting agricultural yields in food-scarce areas to “effectively reduce poverty, ensure tangible food security, and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and their families.” AKF supports farming communities by offering technical assistance for production, transportation, and commercialization, including support to establish appropriate infrastructure and sustainable land management. AKF also works with communities to encourage healthy diets and adequate food preparation and storage. In Diana, Madagascar, AKF supports 5,500 cocoa farmers to improve the quality of their crops and help them access markets.
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