Africa

We work in 9 countries in Africa, empowering communities to end hunger.

Ending hunger through the Epicentre Strategy

In nine countries of Africa, our Epicentre Strategy mobilizes clusters of rural villages into “epicentres,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people to create a dynamic centre where communities are mobilized for action to meet their basic needs.

The Epicentre Strategy is an integrated approach that was created in Africa, by Africans, and over the past 20 years has mobilised 122 epicentre communities, reaching 1.6 million people in eight countries across the continent.

This strategy is designed to partner with communities over a period of about eight years after which they graduate to a phase of “sustainable self-reliance,” which means that communities have demonstrated the confidence, capacity and skills to act as agents of their own development, and The Hunger Project begins its exit strategy.

37 of our epicentre communities in Africa have declared their self-reliance. That’s over 500,000 people!

Check out satellite views of our epicentre sites in Africa. See them here:

Read more about the countries in Africa where we are empowering people to end hunger for themselves and their communities.

Benin

The Hunger Project–Benin is comprised of 18 epicentres, that’s 311,073 people

Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso almost 50% of the population is living on less than £1 a day

Ethiopia

The Hunger Project–Ethiopia works with people in 195 villages

Ghana

In Ghana less than half of all women have received secondary education

Malawi

The Hunger Project-Malawi is currently empowering community partners in 12 epicentre areas

Mozambique

46% of Mozambique’s population are living below the international poverty line of £1 a day

Senegal

Senegal was the first African country where The Hunger Project began its work

Uganda

A fifth of all Ugandans still lack access to clean water and live below the poverty line

Zambia

Zambia struggles with extreme rural poverty and a relatively high HIV/AIDS burden

Esme’s dream home became a reality in Malawi

Esme lives in a small, rural village in Eastern Malawi with her four children. She is a farmer and the sole breadwinner of her family. Esme’s family live in a one-bedroom dung hut – and that’s how she thought it would be for the rest of their lives....

Zebiba is harnessing the nutritional benefits of moringa in Ethiopia

24 year old Zebiba is an Unleashed Woman. She lives with her husband and their one year old son. They live in the highlands of Ethiopia, far from hospitals, health clinics and other services. Living in such a remote area meant Zebiba never learnt...

Louise leads a local microfinance group in Benin

Louise is from a small village in Benin, West Africa. She lives with her six children and her husband, who works the land and grows corn.    In the past, Louise wasn’t allowed to participate in decision-making, either in her own home or the...

Amina learned that she had the power to change her life

Amina used to live in chronic hunger. She could not see any way out of the repetitive daily struggle to survive. She had no hope for the future. Her life involved spending days gather wood, walking for hours to collect water, and back-breaking work...

Dennis transformed his life after training in Malawi

Before The Hunger Project came to his community, Dennis was living in severe hunger. “Sometimes I found small jobs to do in exchange for food. Sometimes I would have to beg for food. Sometimes I would have to steal from my neighbours. Often, I would...

Ndeye hopes to transform people’s beliefs and lives in Senegal

Ndeye Loum is a volunteer who has been trained by The Hunger Project in Coki, Senegal.  She lives in a village called Kane’ene Khar and says, before her training, there was no way she would have spoken in front of a group of people to talk about the...

Ndeye is encouraging others to get an education in Senegal

Taking part in workshops run by The Hunger Project got Ndeye Ndiaye thinking about her future. She had learned to read and write in school and had also taken literacy classes but she had never been inspired to put her skills into action. When she...

Bienvenu inspiring his community in Benin

For many years Bienvenu and his wife Justine have been farming chickens, turkeys and rabbits.  After attending workshops at Zakpota Epicentre in Benin, they learned how to expand their business.  They have applied for credit from the bank and have...

Abigail’s business is inspiring others in her community in Ghana

Abigail Tei is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Boti in the eastern region of Ghana. Abigail is a local fashion designer and also the producer of a local soft drink made from hibiscus plant called Sobolo. Abigail started her business after she...

Guiré Salimata, Burkina Faso

Today, Guiré Salimata finds herself busy running a successful restaurant and providing for her five children. In 2013, before Guiré began participating in the Boulkon Epicentre Microfinance Programme with The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso, her...

Photography credits: Banner image, Benin, Ethiopia, Senegal – Johannes Ode.  Mozambique – Ivan Barros