The Hunger Project


The Hunger Project was founded in 1977, in the wake of the rising debate on world hunger triggered by the first Rome World Food Conference.

Rather than simply being another relief organization, The Hunger Project was created as a strategic organization. Over the years, The Hunger Project has reinvented itself time and again to meet each challenge along the path of ending hunger.

The Hunger Project carried out the world’s largest public education and advocacy campaign on the issue of hunger, designed to mobilize a global constituency committed to the end of hunger.

The Hunger Project played a catalytic role in mobilizing international support to stop famines in Cambodia (1979), Somalia (1980) and the entire African continent (1983-85). It was instrumental in the formation of InterAction – the coalition of US-based international relief and development organizations.

After the 1985 famine, it was clear that Africa lacks sufficient leadership committed to the wellbeing of its people. To address this, The Hunger Project launched the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger in 1987.

Typical top-down and charitable responses to hunger have proven too inefficient and inflexible to meet the challenge of hunger. In 1990, with the Planning Commission of India, The Hunger Project pioneered a new, decentralized, holistic, people-centered approach known as Strategic Planning in Action (SPIA). About 21,000 villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America have applied SPIA to empower people to achieve lasting improvements in health, education, nutrition and family income.

Women grow the majority of food for household consumption in Africa, yet have been almost completely bypassed by official efforts to improve food production. The Hunger Project launched a new initiative to (a) develop and demonstrate an effective large-scale program of training and credit to economically empower tens of thousands of African women food farmers and (b) awaken policy makers to the fact that Africa’s future depends on the future of Africa’s women food farmers through a massive advocacy campaign.

Experts have shown that South Asia has the highest rates of childhood malnutrition because its women suffer the worst subjugation. New laws in India and Bangladesh, guaranteeing grassroots women seats in local government, present a unique opportunity to transform this age-old condition. In 2000, The Hunger Project launched an initiative which has provided leadership training to about 78,000 elected women, builds networks of ongoing support, and mobilizes the media for public support.

AIDS is setting back decades of progress in Africa, and is out of control largely because women lack the power to protect themselves. In 2003, The Hunger Project launched a campaign based on the "AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop" to empower people at the grassroots level to protect themselves and alter behaviors that drive the spread of the disease. The campaign has trained more than 1.1 million people.

Every donation counts! Whether be it 50 cents or more, you are playing a part in ending hunger in this world!!! :)


ajfortner 2014-11-08 11:08:07
I want to donate more, but really need to spread the donating around to other causes and help those out too :(
rebeldefecto 2014-09-26 13:23:33
Withdrew $50 for the first time! One out of many more to come! :)
rebeldefecto 2014-08-09 13:40:35
My goal

My goal is to reach $50. I will be donating 50 cents for every $1 I have earned, so I hope we can reach the goal faster and make a valuable contribution to the organisation :)

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