The ongoing problem of poverty is the primary cause of hunger in Nigeria. TSF policy campaigning is rooted in evidence from food pantries in our network and the people they support. We use our evidence to campaign for change so that in the future no one needs to use a food pantry. We do this by sharing our evidence with policymakers and the public to ensure they understand fully the state of hunger in Nigeria. We are determined to deliver an innovative response to scale up assistance and bring empowerment and choice to the lives of people in need.  






Our research explores the unmet needs of people in areas such as poverty, ill-health, disability, and homelessness. We wanted to find out how many older people live with unmet needs, multiple needs, and in what combinations. Our theory of change addresses two problems we see in the world, that there is limited evidence on what works to help the poor, and that the evidence that does exist is often unused by those who create and run programs for the poor. This leads to programs that are either ineffective or not as effective as they could be, and often, to wasted money and enduring poverty.

At TSF, we seek to understand the root causes of poverty, hunger and food insecurity. Only then can we implement the changes that make a long-term difference. We’re on the ground, gathering information and stories from the people worst affected by poverty. We’re also working with corporate organisations and governmental agencies to better understand the needs of the people. 

We want to find out:

  • how many older people are living with each of the challenges?
  • how many are living with more than one, and in what combinations?

Helping Children

Children are at an elevated risk of hunger, as it can permanently affect their development. We’re in a race against time to prevent a national catastrophe. By acting now, we can save the next generation from a life of hunger and food insecurity.

We’re researching the causes of hunger and childhood poverty. One cause we keep coming back to is education. Until we can guarantee all our children and young people a decent education, the cycle of poverty and hardship will continue. When we educate our youngsters, they’re far more likely to become independent, self-sufficient and happy adults. We’re constantly innovating in this area. One programme we’ve developed is the creation of safe spaces for girls. This has helped millions to defeat period poverty and avoid sexual violence.

Helping Farmers

We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to help farmers increase their yields and profitability. If we can educate farmers on the latest techniques, we can help them to become self-sufficient. Success in this area can help entire communities, as higher yields mean more food for the people who need it most.

Agriculture is the key to defeating hunger and poverty. With your help and the help of our growing army of members, we can help farmers to help themselves. We’re reducing waste and growing yields. We’re also improving the quality of the food being produced in local communities — improving the health of the poorest as we go.


At TSF, we believe creating a fairer, more equitable society is the only way to defeat poverty and food insecurity for good. Women are disproportionately affected by these issues because they don’t have the same access to jobs, resources, finances and health services as men do.

We’re researching ways to empower women to become independent and self-sufficient. We’re doing this through education, creating safe spaces and changing attitudes. But we can’t do anything until we have the support of the Nigerian government. That’s why we’re working tirelessly to lobby legislators. We want to change the laws that discriminate against women. And we can’t do it without the support of ordinary citizens.

Rural Communities

Rural communities are always hit hardest by poverty, hunger and food insecurity. The reason for this is accessibility. Conflict, weather conditions and a lack of transport links make getting food and supplies to these areas exceptionally difficult. That’s why we’re researching ways to help rural communities to help themselves. From agricultural education to improvements in sanitation, we give these remote communities the tools and knowledge they need to reduce waste, increase farming yields and provide better healthcare.