What is Unleashed?
What does The Hunger Project do?
The Hunger Project’s goal is to end world hunger by 2030. Our approach is different – we see people living in hunger as the solution, not the problem. We shift the mindsets of women and men so they transform into leaders for the sustainable end of hunger. Then, through our programs such as education, microfinance, agriculture and health, we empower people with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to break the poverty cycle themselves.
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Why do you describe your strategies as “women-centered”?
There is overwhelming evidence — and our own experience has shown us — that the end of world hunger cannot be achieved if gender inequality persists. We believe that an essential part of ending hunger must be to cause society-wide change toward gender equality. Women bear the major responsibility for meeting basic needs, yet are systematically denied the resources, freedom of action and voice in decision-making to fulfill that responsibility.
Our programs aim to achieve gender equality by empowering women to be key change agents, first and foremost. Men participate in our programs and are an important part of this process, as a change in their mindset is needed for this societal transformation as well. Whether working with groups of men or women, or all together, a focus on women’s leadership is critical to achieving gender equality and the end of hunger and poverty.
Why are women key to ending hunger?
Women everywhere are hungry for change. They’re hungry for health, for equality and for freedom from oppression. When shown how they can achieve their goals, they ensure those around them know how to do the same.
Women have an extraordinary capacity to change the world when they are educated and understand their basic rights. Studies - and our experience - have proven that the whole of society benefits from empowered women, who apply what they learn to the direct advantage of their families and the communities they live in. The Hunger Project values the role of women as leaders for change, and our programs are designed to help them rise above forces that oppress them, so they can use their power to end their own hunger and poverty.
When women understand the power they have to initiate significant change, their actions influence other women to do the same and perceptions of their role within society shifts. Cycles of discrimination, oppression and abuse are altered, and they take on leadership and decision-making roles that had previously been denied to them.
What have The Hunger Project programs achieved?
The Hunger Project reaches more than 15.9 million people in remote villages across India, Africa, Bangladesh and Latin America.
In 2018 alone, The Hunger Project:
- Trained 95, 562 people in women's empowerment
- Taught 81, 024 people about stopping violence against women
- Engaged 61, 691 participants in the Safe Schools for Girls program in Bangladesh
- Taught 86, 811 people in income generating and skills workshops
To date, The Hunger Project has:
- Trained 1.7 million people in our Vision, Commitment, Action workshops
- Trained 436, 125 local volunteer Animators to lead change in their communities
- Trained 175, 000 elected women in India to make change in their communities
- Decreased severe hunger in self-reliant communities by 43%
How many people live in hunger?
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that there are now 821 million hungry people in the world. 8,500 children under five die from hunger every day.
Why don't you distribute food to hungry people?
The Hunger Project does not distribute food because food aid is not a sustainable solution to world hunger.
Currently there are 821 million people living in hunger across the world. For them, hunger is a daily, sometimes life-long, reality. People living with persistent hunger require and deserve a sustainable solution based on self-reliance.
Food aid is not only insufficient for combating world hunger; some development experts argue that it can actually cause harm. If poorly managed, distribution of food can destabilise local prices and undermine local production and trade, which are critical for local agricultural development and long-term food security.
The Hunger Project addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty using a methodology that is affordable, replicable and sustainable. Our methodology emphasises rural development and self-reliance. It enables women and men to eradicate persistent hunger in their communities, and makes them more resilient so that they can cope with famine or other emergencies as they arise.