More than 1 billion people in the world are hungry and malnourished, hindering economic growth and human development in some of the world's poorest countries.
Since 1986, the Carter Center's Agriculture Program — in partnership with national ministries of agriculture and the Sasakawa Africa Association — has worked in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.
The program first aims to establish better crop production, train workers, and create production demonstration plots. Activities later expand to include projects such as grain storage, crop processing, seed production, and the establishment of farmers' associations and saving and loan services.
As a result of this programming, more than 8 million small-scale farmers have doubled or tripled crop yields in countries where malnutrition is a constant threat.