The Hunger Project Global Update
JUNE 2014

Building Resilience through Local Capacity

Malawi Woman and Child

Resilience – the ability of people, communities, nations and the global system to predict, prevent and bounce back from shocks – has been a topic of a number of recent international development community discussions. In the face of climate change, droughts and floods, it is more important than ever for communities to be resilient.

From the Bangladesh floods of 1990 when our Youth Ending Hunger volunteers were among the very first responders to our work in support of community-led reconstruction in Tsunami-affected villages in 2004, we’ve seen the profound difference it makes for communities to be mobilized, organized and confident in their ability to take immediate action even when no outside resources are able to reach them.

Smallholder farmers, in particular, suffer a "Food Price" crisis every single year, as prices skyrocket in the months before the harvest, and plummet right after. Our epicenter food banks in Africa are just one example of community initiatives that build resilience.

As UNDP Administrator Helen Clark recently said, "Resilience-based sustainable development...calls for developing the agency or capacity of the poor to overcome their conditions. It draws on local knowledge and expertise, and the resilience of those who are vulnerable. It is about building the capacities of societies to prevent, resolve, learn, and grow.  It is about the replenishing and regeneration of innate capacity."

Learn More: Executive Vice President John Coonrod's post on Local First's blog: Resilience: Entry Point for Transformation

The End of Extreme Poverty by 2030

The Hunger Project is a proud partner of Zero Poverty 2030, a global campaign that urges citizens from all countries to sign and share a petition calling on governments to commit to providing full support toward ending extreme poverty #By2030. Sign the petition and take a stand for Zero Poverty by 2030.

Watch the incredible Zero Poverty video featuring inspiring leaders here.

The Hunger Project Featured on InterAction's NGO Aid Map
The Hunger Project is proud to be a part of InterAction’s new NGO Aid Map. The NGO Aid Map aims to make publicly available data on international development and humanitarian response more accessible to everyone (NGOs, governments, donors, volunteers, and the general public). Currently, the map pools together information on more than 2,900 projects from more than 85 organizations. Read more.
Campaign Update: Live Below the Line a Success! 
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Over 240 Live Below the Line champions and Hunger Project staff raised $41,882 for our work in villages worldwide! In March, The Hunger Project joined Live Below the Line, which challenged thousands of people to live below the global poverty line by spending $1.50 a day on food and beverage for five days from April 28-May 2 to change the way people think about extreme poverty.

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Annual Fall Gala

Save the Date for our Annual Fall Gala Weekend!

Saturday, October 18 - Sunday, October 19

New York, NY

More information coming soon!

Quote of the Month

"Resilience is also a systems way of thinking. It is about ensuring a healthy, sustainable global food system that can provide nutritious food for all and at all times without damaging the planet. When we talk about systems, every node is important — if one node fails, the entire system fails."

– Shenggen Fan
Director General of IFPRI

Read Shenggen Fan's blog piece about the 2020 Resilience Conference

World Environment Day


On Thursday, June 5, The Hunger Project-Mexico celebrated World Environment Day. Above is an image of our Chiapas partners making a community compost to nurture the soil of their family vegetable gardens in an eco-friendly way. Learn more about The Hunger Project-Mexico.

Making a Difference


Our goal "is to contribute towards increased advocacy, access, correct and consistent use of female condoms by both male and female sexually active groups in Malawi," said The Hunger Project-Malawi Country Director Rowlands Kaotcha. The use of female condoms promotes health, open dialogue about gender roles, and personal resilience. THP-Malawi has amplified their work to increase demand, access and use of female condoms in Malawi in partnership with SUPPORT. Read more.

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