The Hunger Project was invited to attend an Expo on Democracy and Open Government at Xavier's College in Mumbai, India on November 7. At the event, President Barack Obama met Country Director Rita Sarin and Sarmi Bai, an elected woman representative, trained by The Hunger Project, who is president of her panchayat (village council) in Rajasthan.
On October 23, more than 530 Hunger Project leaders, investors and friends from around the world gathered for our annual Fall Event. The weekend celebrated the courageous women of South Asia, who, against all odds, are stepping forward as leaders to bring hunger and poverty to an end.
Las Esperanzas is an all-women group that manages a chicken farming income-generating project with support through THP-Mexico's partnership with SEDESOL, the Mexican Social Development Ministry. After facing many obstacles, they have accessed land, obtained equipment and supplies, and participated in skills trainings. They are now producing 1,000 eggs per day.
A pilot project to train women to cultivate and process organic hibiscus (Bio Bissap) was so successful that the program has been scaled up to now include 12 villages with 563 women, who now plow and maintain a combined total of 21 hectares.
The theme for World Food Day 2010 is United Against Hunger. Several major new initiatives are already pointing the way in a growing global effort to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition. At long last, such initiatives are giving top priority to long-term, sustainable approaches that empower the women small-scale farmers who grow most of the developing world's food.
Smt. M Renuka currently serves as a member of her village council and president of Karnataka's federation of elected women leaders, SUGRAMA. She has fought for improved drinking water and the education of girl children in her community, and led state-wide campaigns for asking for 50 percent reservation for women leaders in Gram Panchayats in Karnataka.
Askale of The Hunger Project-Ethiopia turned to hard labor to provide for her children when her husband died. Now, with help from the Microfinance Program, she has her own profitable farm and a home she's always wanted.
Profits from his poultry farm help Mr. Romain Awoictha of Benin to care for his children and his wife. "I am proud that my farm serves as an example during the training of new poultry farmers," he says.