Though the 12th largest economy in the world, Mexico faces high levels of poverty in rural areas and states with large indigenous populations. Within the estimated 25.2 million people in rural Mexico, 51 percent live in poverty and 18 percent live in extreme poverty. The Hunger Project has been active in Mexico since 1983. We carry out a gender-focused capacity building strategy in rural municipios in four states.
On November 22, The Hunger Project-Mexico, together with 20 other institutions including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), launched the Mexican Network for Family Farming. The network aims to promote the International Year of Family Farming, recently launched by the United Nations globally for the year 2014, through various government and civil society actions.
On September 24, 2013, during the week of the UN General Assembly, The Hunger Project and UN Democracy Fund launched the inaugural State of Participatory Democracy Report; the product of a two-year partnership between the organizations to cultivate a global community of practice among individuals striving to build capacity for effective, responsive local governance. The Executive Head of UNDEF and a representative for Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the event, highlighting their commitment to this project and the prioritization of local democracy in global development.