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The Hunger Project is a global not-for-profit, founded in 1977. We believe passionately that ending hunger is possible, and that our generation has the power to end it once and for all.
Our vision is a world without hunger.
Our mission is to facilitate individual and collective action to transform the systems of inequity that create hunger and cause it to persist.
We do this by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centred strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. We comprise of 13 Programme countries across rural Africa, South Asia and Latin America and 12 Partner countries.
Unlike famines that receive emergency-aid, chronic hunger is a silent, invisible, day-after-day condition. Millions live with hunger and undernourishment because they simply cannot afford to buy enough food, cannot afford nutritious foods or cannot afford the farming supplies they need to grow enough good food of their own.
Top-down, aid-driven, ‘West knows best’ models fail to create sustainable, lasting change for communities living in hunger and poverty. At The Hunger Project we’re breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty, by flipping this model on its head. We believe hungry people themselves are the key to ending hunger and we have 40+ years of evidence to say this theory of change works.
In 2022, The Hunger Project’s work reached nearly 12 million people.
Our work in the UK
For us in the United Kingdom, we think there is more to life than just consuming. We are all connected, and honouring that connection through partnership makes life richer.
We all have a part to play in the end of hunger. Find yours by joining the movement of people rising up to end hunger by 2030.
Hunger is on the rise again, following a decade in decline. Gender inequality, climate change, war and COVID-19 have all played a devastating role in the hunger crisis we are now witnessing globally. Unlike famines that receive emergency-aid, chronic hunger is a silent, invisible, day-after-day condition. Millions live with hunger and undernourishment because they simply cannot afford to buy enough food, cannot afford nutritious foods or cannot afford the farming supplies they need to grow enough good food of their own.
The core of our work is the recognition and belief that people themselves - people living in conditions of hunger be it physical (illiteracy, malnourishment and subjugation) or mental (isolation, disconnection or resignation) - are the key resources in ending hunger. Our work in Africa, South Asia & Latin America is therefore based on an innovative approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development.
Promote financial literacy by delivering savings programs and offering micro-finance options across Africa. By providing farmers easy access to credit and adequate training, our Microfinance Programme enables our village partners to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes.
Raise awareness of the global hunger crisis, through increasing our marketing and comms capacity in the UK. By doing this we hope to create a pipeline of new investments for years to come.
Train more people in food security and agriculture; sharing new farming practices to increase crop yields and promoting secure food storage. In Africa, we empower people to create, stock and manage their own food banks, which helps stabilise food prices in local markets during times of crisis.
Empower more women to change mindsets about gender discrimination through our Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP), with the aim of becoming strong leaders in their households and communities. Our work has shown that when women are in decision-making positions, their first action is to address hunger.
Promote equal education for girls. Community volunteers across our programme countries run educational campaigns to promote childhood primary school enrolment.. All children enrolled in our epicentre nursery schools in Africa are guaranteed access to a full nutritious meal every day.
£25 could support a volunteer leader in South Asia to attend a leadership development training.
£100 could support a volunteer leader in Africa to attend a food security and agriculture training. Food Security and Agriculture volunteers — called Animators — learn effective farming techniques that include creating climate smart (resilient) soil and water conservation and storage techniques to reduce malnutrition in communities. These Animators in turn train their neighbours, building food security for entire communities.
£105 could support a woman’s participation in a multi-day Women Leadership Training in South Asia.
£125 could support a volunteer leader in Africa to attend a health and nutrition training. In this training, Health and Nutrition volunteers — called Animators — learn essential nutrition actions that will improve health in their communities. Actions include the importance of exclusive breastfeeding up to six months and complementary feeding with foods rich in vitamin A and iron, backyard gardening techniques to support nutritious and easy-to-access diet and food-processing demonstrations.
£150 could support a local council member to attend a 3-day development plan workshop.
£200 could train a young entrepreneur in Africa. In this training, Youth Entrepreneurs attend skills development workshops alongside their peers in which they learn to create and manage income-generating opportunities. Skills learned include tailoring, carpentry, tinsmithing, welding and bricklaying, which are taught in partnership with entrepreneurship and business management.
Photo Burkina Faso, 2023 © The Hunger Project