AKDN believes that together we can tackle the world’s greatest problems. We are helping farmers in Africa to increase their rice yields. During the lean season between harvests, food becomes scarce and people must deal with chronic hunger. The effects, including low birth weight, cognitive impairment, malnutrition and stunting, can lead to greater lifelong risk for infectious diseases and, in some cases, death. One example of our work is in Madagascar. Over 47,000 rice farmers have been supported by AKDN leading to a three-fold increase in their yields, helping to end the hungry season for their families.