The Freedom from Hunger Campaign (FFHC) was originally conceived by Dr B.R. Sen (Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation at the time) in November 1959. It was then established as an organisation in the UK in 1961 with the support of the British Government. The headquarters of the FFHC UK were later moved to the Temple of Peace in Cardiff, Wales in 1978 to continue under the control of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs before the campaign’s dissolution in 1997.
The FFHC’s objectives included the relief of hunger and want throughout the world; to educate all on problems surrounding food and population; to increase the UK’s understanding of our own privileges and abilities to help those less fortunate; and to raise funds for agricultural development projects across under-developed countries.
Throughout its work, the FFHC was involved in international schemes across Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, the Pacific and the Middle East. They helped to increase agricultural yields; build infrastructure; implement new technologies; and teach management among other skills. In addition, the campaign also subsidised many smaller, less publicised grants in the UK to aid the growth of the development field. One of the larger and longest-term project was the Bihar Dairy Campaign between 1976 and 1997. The campaign successfully implemented dairy cooperatives in 30 villages across the region, which also included a follow up report during the period to determine the schemes continued success.
The Freedom from Hunger Campaign was so important in recognising and educating many on the differences between the Global North and Global South based on their privileges, food security and health. During the beginning of the campaign, the Global North had 25% of the world’s population but 80% of the worlds income, and an average life span of over 75. In comparison the Global South contained 75% of the population, 25% of the income and an average life spam of 50. These figures continue to this day, proving development organisations are needed to help fight inequality.
|1969||Mauritius||Youth to youth programme for children in Wales to raise funds for an agricultural programme|
|1976-97||Bihar, India||dairy project|
|1976-88||Uttar Pradesh||Dairy improvement|
|1978||FFHC UK HEADQUARTERS MOVE TO CARDIFF|
|1979||Lesotho||credit to young farmers to start small projects to relieve hunger and self employment|
|1981||Indore||Women vocational Training|
|1981-84||Zambia||Water for farmers|
|1985||Tanzania||Training materials (friends of urambo and Mwanhala) for student courses and training mechanics|
|1986||Tanzania||grain borer project|
|1987||Kenya||Goat rearing project|
|1989||Sierra Leone||Seeds and fertilisers|
|1991||Mali||children nutritional work|
|1991-1993||Kenya||IT women’s stove project|
|1992-96||West Bengal||Spirulina project to increase growth rate|
|1993||Bangladesh||Self-sustainable leaf crops|
|1993||Tanzania||machinery and transport for crops|
|1993||Madagascar||environmentally sound farming methods|
|1994-97||Thailand||funded a volunteer working there|
|1995||Rwanda||water, sanitation, nutrition, food security|
|1995||Zimbabwe||agricultural training and water project|
|1995-97||Ghana||Suame scholarship scheme|
|1997||Indonesia||management skills for village leaders and garden development|
|1995-97||Peru||Build seed stores to strengthen food security, create videos on management and strengthen institutional coordination of water irrigation and management. Ongoing supportive work of the government’s ministry of agriculture|
|1997||Mali||Wells (with UNICEF)|
|1997||Zimbabwe||Poultry project and draught mitigation trained 20 participants|