001 - International Organisations

Geographic Knowledge and Understanding

The roles of international organisations (such as the World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations, and World Health Organisation), governments and NGOs in combating food insecurity and disease.


The power to effect change to eradicate diseases and reduce food security is often  in the hands of NGOs,  governments and International Organisations.


Key Terminology

Define the key terms above by using the 'Useful Links' below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Describe

Before we look at how different organisations approach trying to increase food security in different regions of the world we need to look at whether food security  is actually an issue?

Sesame Street

Growing Hope Against Hunger 

Trussel Trust

UK Food Bank Charity - The Trussell Trust and LadBaby- 5 Christmas Number 1s

Activity Two - World Food Programme

The World Food Programme was set up in 1961 with the principle aim to provide food aid in emergencies and to aid in the development of countries. It is now the largest humanitarian agency that aims to fight hunger.  Answer the following questions:

Activity Three - Food and Agriculture Organisation

The Food and Agriculture Organisation is a specialised agency that was devised to try and help defeat hunger. The organisation works in over 130 countries and has 194 Member States today. The FAO was set up in 1945 in Quebec City. Answer the following questions:

Activity Four - World Health Organisation

The WHO's aim is to build '...a better, healthier future for people all over the world.' It was set up in 1948 and now works with 194 Member States of the UN to try and combat diseases. Answer the following questions:

Activity Five - NGO for Food - Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust aims to help the 14 million people in the UK who are currently living below the poverty line. It has over 400 food banks across the UK and hands out free emergency food to get people through three days. The trust was set up in 1997 to help feed starving children in Bulgaria but was prompted to help people much closer to home after a phone call from a parent in the UK. In 2004 the trust went national to develop the Foodbank Network in collaboration with churches and now supports 1000s of people a year. Answer the following questions:

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Activity Six - NGO for Disease - NothingButNets

This is a grassroots NGO that aims to raise money to fight malaria. It was set up in 2006 by a columnist for Sports Illustrated who wanted to raise money to protect families in malaria hit areas. The NGO has gone from strength to strength has been essential in helping to prevent, treat and train people about malaria. Answer the following questions:

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Activity Seven - Governments

I could force you to look at a particular government to illustrate how they help to reduce the incident of disease and increase food security but I am going to give you free rein to decide on which country you would like to focus on.  Answer the following questions:

Exam Style Question

'NGOs play a larger role in combating either disease or food insecurity that government organisations.' Discuss [10 marks]

This lesson was development in collaboration with Richard Allaway from geographyalltheway. For more resources please visit www.geographyalltheway.com