Update to the Global Board (October 2008). Due to unfavorable farming conditions, microfinance partners have faced challenges repaying their loans on time. However, with the help of the epicenter and loan committees, partners have increased their repayment rates by 13 percent.
Update to the Global Board (October 2008). The Hunger Project-Mozambique focused on projects with tangible impacts for its partners. As a result, partners are starting food processing businesses following Hunger Project trainings. Tree planting projects and water and sanitation projects are well underway.
The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first established World Food Day in 1979 in order to raise awareness about world hunger. Today, the world is in the midst of a food price crisis that is estimated to be pushing more than 100 million people into absolute poverty. Shining a spotlight on hunger has never been more important.
Shining a spotlight on the world's rural women has never been more important. The current global food price crisis is pushing millions of people deeper into hunger and poverty. The prospects of achieving an end to world hunger are threatened. Only when rural women are empowered will this be achieved.
This volume documents the path breaking strides being taken by 118 elected women representatives across the country in ensuring that children attend school, that their villages are equipped with adequate health facilities and that all sections of the population are aware of and can access government schemes.
The five finalists for the 2008 Africa Prize are working tirelessly and selflessly to provide opportunities to African women.Building collaborative partnerships with like-minded groups, such as the wonderful organizations these women represent, will be an important way forward for The Hunger Project over coming years.