The Millennium Declaration calls for special attention to Africa. More than 41 percent of people in sub-Saharan African live on less than 80 pence per day, and 32 percent are undernourished. Africa has been The Hunger Project’s highest budget priority for more than 15 years.
The four social conditions that give rise to the persistence of hunger and poverty in Africa are the marginalisation of women food farmers, poor leadership, too little investment in building people’s capacity in rural areas, and AIDS and the gender inequality that fuels the epidemic.
To transform these conditions and empower the people of Africa to meet their basic needs on a sustainable basis, The Hunger Project has pioneered its Epicentre Strategy. This strategy is a unified, people-centred approach that has proven effective in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda.
The Epicentre Strategy also integrates our Microfinance Programme, a training, credit and savings programme for Africa’s most important producers, and our HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop.
At the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2005, The Hunger Project announced one of its most ambitious initiatives: to demonstrate that the Epicentre Strategy can be taken to full national scale. We have undertaken our first scale up programme in Ghana. Learn more about this initiative on our global site.
119 Epicentre Communities are being built and managed by locally trained volunteer leaders reaching an estimated 1.9 million people.
31 Epicentres now have government recognised rural banks (a fundamental indicator on the road to self-reliance) allowing communities to; take loans, invest in new enterprises, to save and create profits that can be ploughed back into the development of the community’s infrastructure.
In 2012 the number of active microfinance partners almost doubled to 70,000. Almost 80% of the 33,000 loans went to rural women farmers investing in their businesses. Savings doubled across our rural banks and microfinance programmes as partners deposited £1.37 million into newly created savings accounts.
1.3 million women and men have now completed HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality training.
4.02 million women and men have completed Vision, Commitment and Action workshops (VCAWs)
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