Highlights of the 2011 Africa Prize Celebration


On October 22, nearly 600 Hunger Project leaders, investors and friends from more than 20 countries around the world gathered for our annual Fall Event. This year’s event featured the awarding of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger to Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture (learn more about Dr. Chenoweth).

The Africa Prize, which included a cash award of US$50,000 this year, was first awarded by The Hunger Project (THP) in 1987. It recognizes African leaders who exhibit exemplary courage, vision and commitment to the well-being of Africa's people. During her acceptance speech, Dr. Chenoweth said “I am committed for actions that would strengthen the governmental institutions dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty. Governments hold the center of political will. Government policies set the framework for individuals, businesses and civil society to contribute to the fight against hunger.” She announced that she would use her prize money to start a foundation that will train women farmers in Liberia to increase their food production and improve their livelihoods. (Read Dr. Chenoweth's full speech.)

The evening also featured a keynote address by THP President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish, who shared about the future direction of The Hunger Project. Read Mary Ellen's full speech.

At the gala event, guests were greeted and entertained at various portions of the evening by the Harambee Dance Company, a group of African dancers and drummers.

We also released our latest video sharing how the Epicenter Strategy works. Watch it now!

Check out our photo gallery on THP’s Flickr page.

Photo: Steve Sherwood, Chair of the THP's Global Board; Florence Chenoweth, 2011 Africa Prize Laureate; Ambassador Mrs. Marjohn Kamara from Liberia; Mary Ellen McNish, THP's President and CEO.

A Special Presentation on Our Work in Africa

THP-Africa DepartmentA special side event included an in-depth briefing on our work in Africa delivered by our Vice President for Africa Programs, Dr. Idrissa Dicko, and seven of our eight Country Directors from Africa. They concentrated on all of the lessons we have learned in implementing the Epicenter Strategy in Africa over the last twenty years. Perhaps most importantly, it highlighted that the Epicenter Strategy is not about a building; it’s about the people. Our partners are the agents of their own development!

Learn more about the Epicenter Strategy by watching our latest video.

Read a two-page overview of our Epicenter Strategy in Africa (PDF).

Read a two-page overview of our Microfinance Program in Africa (PDF).

All photos by Happening Photos.