Join us in marking the anniversary of the 1984 Ethiopian Famine, the worst in living memory, by growing and sharing hope with family and friends this summer. Sign up below to support the campaign, find out more and get involved with Grow Hope activities at festivals and garden shows over the next few months. For every person who joins us, World Vision will give vulnerable families in Zambia orange maize seeds for farming, to help ensure their children can live free from the fear of hunger.



It’s been 30 years since the 1984 Ethiopian famine, with droughts which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. World Vision was among the first on the ground with aid boxes and stayed there long after global attention turned elsewhere. Thanks to the generosity of World Vision supporters, we can now celebrate the progress which has been made.

With World Vision’s help, farmers like Ansha are able to grow hope from the ground they now tend.

But while the fight against famine is being won in many Ethiopian communities, thousands of children like Hector in other parts of Africa are facing a new and terrifying threat of extreme hunger.


World Vision will be showing three Grow Hope gardens at RHS Flower Shows throughout the summer.

Please come along and say hello.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 20-24 May


With the parachute still tangled in the tree, an aid crate has fallen into RHS Chelsea Flower Show and opened to reveal an inverted landscape.  A verdant mass of foliage tumbles from the ceiling. The lush landscape represents the promise from World Vision to work alongside the people of Ethiopia, providing immediate aid relief but also long term education and help - so that a once barren dustbowl where children lived in fear can become a self-sustaining oasis full of hope.

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BBC Gardeners’ World Live, NEC Birmingham, 12-15 June


An aid crate has landed and fallen open in Gardeners’ World Live showcasing a forest of mature tree trunks. These represent the 10 million trees planted by World Vision in the Antsokia Valley to help a land ravaged by deforestation – trees to help repair the barren land and guard against future famines by providing an abundance of produce. Today the children of Antsokia no longer live in fear of hunger.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 8-13 July


Three decades on, the Antsokia Valley, an area hardest hit by the famine, is now a lush oasis. The original aid crate, symbolically at the heart of the garden, is no longer needed and verdant foliage is encompassed within a representation of the valley, created by shipping pallets.  More pallets form crates from which tumble figs, bananas, olives and maize emphasising that crates that once brought aid now leave full of produce to be exported elsewhere. Hope has turned to reality, and today children in Ethiopia can live a life free from the fear of hunger.

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Why orange maize?

What exactly is orange maize, and why is it such an important crop for the people of Zambia? Find out here »


Why not join us and hold a Grow it. Cook it. Share it fundraising party for your friends.

hector11.jpgBy preparing dishes with ingredients you've grown yourself, you can help protect children like baby Hector in Zambia. He is a year old and is so poorly nourished that he can't even crawl. Orange maize will provide essential nutrients like Vitamin A to help keep him free from hunger.

Just register for your free party supplies and recipes from Lesley Waters, the well known TV chef, to make your fundraising party a success.

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