What does The Hunger Project do?

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. The organisation works in 13,000 communities, reaching 16 million people (including 8 million people) in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, developing effective bottom-up strategies with three critical elements that, when combined, empower people to make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty:

  • Mobilising people at the grassroots level to build self-reliance
  • Empowering women as key change agents; and
  • Forging effective partnerships with local governments

Why do you describe your strategies as “women-centred”?

There is overwhelming evidence — and our own experience has shown us — that the end of world hunger cannot be achieved if gender inequality persists. We believe that an essential part of ending hunger must be to cause society-wide change toward gender equality. Women bear the major responsibility for meeting basic needs, yet are systematically denied the resources, freedom of action and voice in decision-making to fulfill that responsibility.

Our programs aim to achieve gender equality by empowering women to be key change agents, first and foremost. Men participate in our programs and are an important part of this process, as a change in their mindset is needed for this societal transformation as well. Whether working with groups of men or women, or all together, a focus on women’s leadership is critical to achieving gender equality and the end of hunger and poverty.

What have The Hunger Project programmes achieved?

The Hunger Project reaches 16 million people in remote villages across India, Africa, Bangladesh and Latin America.

In 2016 alone, The Hunger Project:

  • Trained 107,283 people through our Women’s Empowerment Program in Africa
  • Reached 141,874 people in Bangladesh about the negative impacts of child marriage to stop this harmful, traditional practice that keeps girls out of school.
  • Supported 14,065 elected women in India to join forces as effective, respected leaders who bring education, healthcare and sanitation to their villages.
  • Vaccinated 162,038 children against deadly but entirely preventable diseases
  • Trained 91,817 people in HIV and gender inequality-related issues in Africa, to prevent the spread of HIV, encourage people to get tested and treated and eradicate the stigma attached to it.
  • Trained 59,023 women and men to feed themselves and their families more nutritious food.

How many people live in hunger?

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that there are now 821 million hungry people in the world.

Why don’t you distribute food to hungry people?

The Hunger Project does not distribute food because food aid is not a sustainable solution to world hunger.

Although there are emergency situations in which food aid is the difference between life and death, more than 90 percent of the world’s hungry people are chronically undernourished (FAO 2010). For them, hunger is a daily, sometimes life-long, reality. People living with persistent hunger require and deserve a sustainable solution based on self-reliance.

Food aid is not only insufficient for combating world hunger; some development experts argue that it can actually cause harm. If poorly managed, distribution of food can destabilise local prices and undermine local production and trade, which are critical for local agricultural development and long-term food security.

The Hunger Project addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty using a methodology that is affordable, replicable and sustainable. Our methodology emphasises rural development and self-reliance. It enables women and men to eradicate persistent hunger in their communities, and makes them more resilient so that they can cope with famine or other emergencies as they arise.