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.

43 of our epicentre communities in Africa have declared their self-reliance. That’s over 665,000 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

Ophelia is a nurse helping to extended the epicentre’s health outreach

Ophelia lives in Asenema, Ghana, where she works at the health centre. The work can be challenging but Ophelia enjoys her job as a nurse, especially as it allows her to create a a connection with members of her community. The number of clinic...

Grace took a microfinance bank loan, now her business is booming

Grace is a businesswoman living with her husband and six children in Asenema, Ghana. Since taking a microfinance loan, Grace has been able to build her business, which has gone from strength to strength and given her financial independence. Grace...

In Ghana, Seth is bringing positive change in his community

Seth has been engaged with The Hunger Project’s activities since they started in Obenyemi, Ghana.   He was one of the leaders who mobilized the community to start the construction of the epicentre with a clinic and a bank.  “Previously we were...

Teresa is empowering women and educating her community on HIV

Teresa and her husband live in Obeyemi, Ghana. Their children are all married and work in other villages.  Teresa has been involved with The Hunger Project since they started in her area, and she was actively involved in the construction of...

Alberta is a health education champion and an aspiring midwife

Alberta works at a health clinic located in the epicentre building in Obenyemi, Ghana. The distance from her workplace and home means that she spends two weeks working in Obenyemi and then travels to Accra for a weekend to see her husband. Alberta...

Thanks to her business, Rebecka is able to send her children to school

Rebecka is a farmer, and she processes and sells palm oil in Boti, Ghana. She is married and has five children.  Rebecka has participated in the microfinance programme implemented in her community by The Hunger Project. Thanks to this...

Abraham has grown his agricultural business, enabling his children to attend school

Abraham is a farmer, husband and farther living in Obenyemi, Ghana. The agriculture industry engages just over half of the country's labour force. The industry make up a large portion of Ghana's economy whilst also providing 90% of the country's...

Regina helped build an epicentre for her community in Ghana

Regina is divorced and lives with her two daughters, aged 14 and 21, outside Obenyemi, Ghana. Both her daughters are in education. Regina is a farmer and grows maize and ocher to support her family. She has joined The Hunger Project's microfinance...

Reforestation projects aim to reverse soil erosion in Ethiopia

In the Machakel region of north-eastern Ethiopia, at first glance, there doesn't seem to be much going on. In the rainy season, the grass grows well, and the hills are green. But if you look a little closer, you will see significant erosion on the...

In Senegal, Cheikh Diouf is working to end hunger in his community.

Cheikh Diouf from Ndié has been a member of the grain bank at Ndereppe Epicentre, Senegal, since the start of 2006. He has also become a member of the newly established farmers’ association. This has enabled him to provide his family with enough...

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