One man’s hunger is every man’s hunger – one man’s freedom from hunger is neither a free nor a secure freedom until all men
are free from hunger. -- John Donne
are free from hunger. -- John Donne
The Freedom From Hunger Project
The Freedom From Hunger Project (FFHP) is an information and outreach effort in support of solving the problem of hunger and malnutrition.
FFHP seeks to commemorate and further the goals of the Freedom From Hunger Campaign (FFHC). Launched in 1960 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), FFHC was the first, and the largest ever, global movement to raise awareness of the problem of hunger and malnutrition and possible solutions to that problem. The Campaign involved millions of individuals, thousands of non-governmental organizations, religious and community groups, private industry and a host of others. FFHC was central to the establishment of the international development movement and in many ways is still with us today.
This project seeks to identify participants in FFHC, collect information on their contributions, share that information in order to educate and inform on FFHC and innovations in agricultural development, and to stimulate action.
If you or your organization was involved in FFHC please let us know. Share your FFHC story here.
The Freedom From Hunger Project is not affiliated with FAO, but wishes to recognize the important work of the organization and to thank the librarians and archivists at FAO who facilitated some of the research supporting FFHP.
The Freedom From Hunger Campaign
The Freedom From Hunger Campaign (FFHC) pioneered relationships between non-governmental organizations, governments, governmental agencies, religious, community and youth groups as well as millions of individuals in the effort to end hunger and poverty. It was largely a public awareness campaign that was the first to raise the profile of the problem of hunger and malnutrition and possible solutions to that problem; it was instrumental in bringing non-governmental organizations into closer cooperation with governments and governmental agencies.
FAO launched FFHC on July 1, 1960. The campaign was conceived by FAO Director-General BR Sen to raise awareness of the problem of hunger and malnutrition and of possible solutions to that problem. FFHC was FAO's main contribution to the First United Nations Development Decade.
FFHC stood upon three legs:
• and action.
FFHC was a vehicle for the sharing of research information produced by FAO and other agencies and organizations. The Campaign helped disseminate information all around the world, and supported development education initiatives in developed and developing countries. In the context of a world-wide movement toward activism and humanitarianism, FFHC helped mobilize people into action.
The Campaign brought UN Agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private industries, religious, youth, and community organizations, and millions of individuals together in a common effort. FFHC pioneered the kind of cooperation between non-governmental organizations and governments or governmental agencies taken for granted today. It was launched with a five year mandate, but was renewed repeatedly until it was finally discontinued in the early 1980s. At its peak, the Campaign claimed more than 100 active national committees, and through a variety of media the Campaign message reached millions of people in all corners of the world. FFHC was at the root of the modern international development movement, and its operation helped transform FAO from a technical organization into a development agency. The Campaign was centred on a small secretariat located within the offices of the Director-General of FAO, but the bulk of the work of the Campaign was undertaken by the national committees and other Campaign participants.
In many ways the Campaign is still with us today. Many national committees are still in operation, most as independent NGOs, and the message of the Campaign can still be heard in the language of international development and in calls for a broad, sustained, and global approach to the problem.
Learn more about FFHC here.
We welcome any comments on your involvement in the Campaign, and on you participation in development efforts. Information will by published on this website by permission only.
Matthew Bunch, PhD
Freedom From Hunger Project
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FFHC National Committees
The Freedom From Hunger Campaign depended on national committees. Some of these survive today as important development organizations in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya and the United States.