Our Approach

Our programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.


Three Pillars

While adapted to meet local challenges and opportunities wherever we work, all our programs have at their foundation three essential pillars:

  1. Start by empowering women as key change agents
  2. Mobilizing entire communities into self-reliant action
  3. Fostering effective partnerships to engage local government

One of our first activities is a Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop, which serves as the foundation of our work, inspiring individuals to move from “I can’t” to “I can” to “We can.” Through participation in our trainings, people set a vision for their communities, and then lay out the actions they will take to achieve that vision. Read more about this workshop.

Our Strategies

In eight countries in Africa, The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes clusters of rural villages into “epicenters,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people to carry out community-led integrated strategies to meet basic needs. Community members at epicenters create and run their own development programs, reaching more than 1.4 million people throughout Africa.

In India, The Hunger Project empowers women elected to local government in nearly 2,000 panchayats (clusters of rural villages) to meet the development needs of their communities. Across six states of India, these women lead more than 9 million people. At the regional level, we facilitate federations of women leaders to strengthen their voice and provide a platform for learning and exchange.

In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project mobilizes local “animators,” (trained volunteers), youth, women leaders, and local government representatives. In 180 Sustainable Development Goals Unions, or “SDG Unions,” our partners carry out holistic, bottom-up strategies to achieve the SDGs in their communities. Their work reaches over 5 million people.

In Mexico and Peru, we support community development initiatives, focusing on the people who are the most marginalized, particularly indigenous women, reaching almost 25,000 people. Our work includes a special focus on improving childhood and maternal malnutrition and igniting local entrepreneurship.

Read a summary of our 2016-2020 Global Strategic Plan (PDF) to learn what The Hunger Project sees as its highest leverage role for ending hunger by 2030.