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

Allan teaches sustainable farming in Malawi

In Malawi, poverty is experienced by most rural families. It’s a country that is highly affected by climate change. Episodes of drought as well as severe flooding are increasing in frequency, intensity and unpredictability, giving the most...

Saved from marriage with the help of the Girls Club in Ethiopia

In the North Shoha Ethiopian region, east of the capital Addis Ababa, The Hunger Project is actively working within the Her Choice alliance to end child marriages. By setting up Girls Clubs and making sanitary pads available, teenage girls can stay...

Teenage mother Bizuhaye goes back to school in Ethiopia

In the North Shoha Ethiopian region, east of the capital Addis Ababa, The Hunger Project is actively working within the Her Choice alliance to end child marriage. In North Shoha, The Hunger Project is focusing on getting drop-outs back to school....

In Ethiopia, Yeshemebet has stayed nourished during her pregnancy

In the Mesqan region of Ethiopia’s Highlands, The Hunger Project works hard to promote Moringa, the miracle tree. Moringa leaves contain many vitamins and minerals and they hugely enhance the nutritional value of a daily meal. This can be highly...

Tsege & her daughter are promoting the use of Moringa in Ethiopia

In the Mesqan region of Ethiopia’s Highlands, The Hunger Project works hard to promote Moringa, the miracle tree. Moringa leaves contain many vitamins and minerals and they hugely enhance the nutritional value of a daily meal. This can be highly...

Ayelech, witnessing the health benefits of moringa in Ethiopia

In the Mesqan region of Ethiopia’s Highlands, The Hunger Project works hard to promote Moringa, the miracle tree. Moringa leaves contain many vitamins and minerals and they hugely enhance the nutritional value of a daily meal. This can be highly...

Alemensh is improving her family’s nutrition in Ethiopia

In the Mesqan region of Ethiopia’s Highlands, The Hunger Project works hard to promote Moringa, the miracle tree. Moringa leaves contain many vitamins and minerals and they hugely enhance the nutritional value of a daily meal. This can be highly...

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...

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