Sharing Our Annual Highlights from 2022
The Hunger Project as an influencer
As part of our 2022-2027 Strategic Framework, we at The Hunger Project are transforming the way the world thinks about—and acts on—chronic hunger and poverty. By elevating the voices of people living in hunger and poverty at conferences and in writing whenever feasible, we make space for community partners to directly participate in international gatherings of decision makers, in major media outlets and anywhere their voice has been traditionally excluded.
Bridging the gender digital divide
Gender equality and digital equality are interconnected—economic and social growth increasingly depends upon people’s ability to harness the power of technology. To address the all-too-common disparity in digital access, Hunger Project communities in Malawi and Ghana launched programs that create sustainable internet connectivity, specifically ensuring that women and girls have access to vital knowledge and to break down digital barriers. Only by addressing the inequality and exclusion that span geographies and generations can we usher in a digital revolution for all, with all. This project was launched in partnership with Microsoft, Bluetown and USAID.
Uniting for community-led development
Community-led development places local voices in the lead, builds on local strengths, collaborates across sectors and works to achieve systemic change. In Burkina Faso, community members are designing a path for their own development and self-reliant action through our Epicenter Strategy and Vision, Commitment and Action (VCA) workshops. Locally, a partnership with Latter-day Saints Charities (LSDC) launched to enhance nutrition knowledge. By developing gender-responsive nutrition education, communities in Burkina Faso are strengthening local food systems and achieving self-reliance.
Promoting indigenous knowledge for sustainable food systems
In response to requests from local partner communities, The Hunger Project-Mexico is assisting indigenous leaders to identify, test and promote a “plate,” or nutritional guideline, made entirely of locally-grown and wild traditional food sources. This process replicates a project that our Mazateca partners in Oaxaca have already piloted with great success. These plates of local, traditional foods in the community will be accompanied by a seed fair for indigenous municipalities to share seeds; training to maximise the production of family fields; training in compost production; and training in tilapia farming. In addition, because of the community partners’ world-views about food and health, the family gardens will also include medicinal plants—“living pharmacies”— for addressing disease with traditional knowledge.
Photo taken by THP-NL, Malawi 2022