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Food and resource rights

One in nine people do not have enough food and millions are denied access to land and a water supply. Governments are failing to protect these rights as increased demand for food, minerals and energy, coupled with large-scale industry, cause a scramble for land and water at the expense of the poor. Meanwhile, climate change is intensifying, causing devastating droughts and floods.

Sospeter Njeru displays a melon from his harvest in Ishiara parish Kenya where Trócaire has funded irrigation

Sospeter Njeru displays a melon from his harvest in Ishiara parish, Kenya, where Trócaire is funding irrigation.

How we support people to access essential resources:

Trócaire supports people to obtain legal protection of their land and natural resources to ensure that they have food, water and a secure place to live with independence.

We work with families to sustainably grow a wider range of food crops, so that their diet is nutritious and they are not reliant on one crop for their livelihood.

When disasters such as floods and drought strike, we help families to recover, while in the long term seeking a just international response to climate change and the devastation it is causing.  

Food and resource rights impacts 2015/16

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872,000

people directly benefited from Trócaire’s livelihoods and resource rights programmes across 15 countries

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30,000

families in Pakistan, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe grew and ate a wider range of foods

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105,000

families learned to use more sustainable farming and environmental management techniques across 9 countries

Examples of our impact in 2015/16

Access to food, land and water 

In Nicaragua and Guatemala, over 1,000 families were supported to secure access to land.

In Pakistan, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe over 30,000 families in our projects grew and ate a wider range of foods.

In Honduras, communities succeeded in having two local authorities adopt a declaration to keep their municipalities mining free to protect their land.

Sustainable use and management of natural resources

Across nine countries, almost 105,000 families learned sustainable farming and environmental management techniques to make them more resilient.

In Malawi, almost 6,000 households have started using mulching to improve soil fertility.

Preparing for disasters

In Malawi, Trócaire partner organisations advocated successfully for a Disaster Risk Management Policy ensuring that the government will invest in increasing people’s resilience to disasters.

Updates on our food and resource rights work