Africa

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Epicenters for Meeting Basic Needs

The Millennium Declaration calls for special attention to Africa. More than 41 percent of people in sub-Saharan African live on less than $1 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 marginalization 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 Epicenter Strategy. This strategy is a unified, people-centered approach that has proven effective in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda.

The Epicenter Strategy also integrates our Microfinance Program, a training, credit and savings program 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 Epicenter Strategy can be taken to full national scale. We have undertaken our first scale up program in Ghana. Learn more about this initiative.

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