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The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. We work in 11 countries in Africa, South Asia and Latin America to develop effective, bottom-up strategies to end hunger and poverty.
On November 22, the United Nations launched the International Year of Family Farming globally for the year 2014. This recognition aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas. The Hunger Project has a deep commitment to small scale farmers.
We are pleased to announce that on that same day (November 22), The Hunger Project-Mexico, along with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Mexico, the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), the National Institute of Social Development (INDESOL), and the Union of Manufacturers and Traders of Vegetables of the Central de Abastos, lauched the Mexican Network for Family Farming.
This network aims to promote the International Year of Family Farming through various government and civil society actions. It seeks to promote policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based on the family unit and recognizes the contribution of family agriculture and small-scale agriculture to eradicating hunger, conserving the environment and reducing rural poverty.
The Mexican Network for Family Farming is formed of more than 20 institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations and other entities and invites others interested in joining activities of the El Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar 2014 (AIAF) in Mexico to participate.
For more information please visit the AIAF website.
After meeting with OMIL (Organization of Indigenous Women of Laramate) leaders in Lima at the World Conference of Indigenous Women, a declaration they made stuck with me as we drove 10 hours to their mountainous villages: “An informed community is one that progresses.” T
As the world convenes to decide the priorities for the international development agendas, indigenous women united in Peru to demand that their voices be heard. The World Conference of Indigenous Women (WCIW) took place October 28-30 at the Plaza del Bosque hotel in Lima, Peru. Hundreds of indigenous women and international observers attended from nearly fifty countries across the Arctic, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Tarcila Rivera Zea, Executive Director of Chirapaq, the organization with whom The Hunger Project partners in Peru, called for the organization of this conference. The voices of the indigenous have often been silenced and Tarcila feared that the concerns of indigenous women would not be heard in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to take place in September 2014.
The WCIW therefore addressed this concern with the objective to collectively build the necessary tools to guarantee the validity and plain recognition of the rights of indigenous women, youths and children in the international scene, through platforms such as Cairo+20, Beijing+20, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The result was the Lima Declaration, a common statement agreed upon by indigenous women at the global level, marking a milestone in the indigenous women’s movement.
Maribel Gallardo Escobedo of The Hunger Project-Mexico attended as a representative of the Mazatec population from Oaxaca. Eager to advance an inclusive indigenous women’s agenda representative of her community, Maribel reflected on the rights to basic needs (food, water, services) to which each community should be entitled that she felt were absent from discussions on the broader rights of indigenous women. Using her experience at the conference, Maribel was reinvigorated by The Hunger Project’s inclusive methodology and the way it responds directly to the needs defined within the community, shaped by local principles. Through Vision, Commitment, Action workshops, communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí are able to direct the formation of the foundation upon which their community development is built. The communities determine their own needs, and then work to fill them.
After participating in this conference, Maribel will return to Oaxaca with a new global perspective. She will be armed with the Lima Declaration and an extensive network of indigenous women throughout the Americas and globally. The Declaration, alongside an action plan, will be presented on many international platforms and United Nations mechanisms focused on the rights of women and indigenous people, a particular highlight being the World Conference on Indigenous People in New York in 2014.
- The Hunger Project's work in Latin American indigenous communities
- Amplifying the voice of indigenous reporters in India
Pictured: Maribel Gallardo Escobedo (left) and other indigenous women participate in cultural ceremonies at the World Conference of Indigenous Women, October 2013. Photo courtesy of Chirapaq.
The Hunger Project mourns the passing of the greatest leader of our era - Nelson Mandela. President Mandela was the father of South Africa's freedom and a beacon of hope to his nation, his continent and our world. He received The Hunger Project's 1994 Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger at a ceremony with President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, and was married to our 1992 Africa Prize laureate Graça Machel.
In part of his address at our award ceremony, President Mandela included a paragraph very pertinent to our world today:
"There is conflict in many parts of the world, and many people have asked us, How is it that in your country which was divided from top to bottom by racial tensions and conflict has managed to bring the masses of the people together, former enemies? One of the principles which leaders in such a situation should observe in assessing whether we should work with our former enemies is the sacred principle, that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall. It has been said that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying. And that opens the possibility for all of us to strive to be saints."
He concluded his remarks to this mostly American audience, saying:
"I love each and every one of you. You are my brothers and sisters. You are my children, my grandchildren. I sincerely wish I was carrying big pockets with me that I could put all of you in my pocket and take you back to South Africa. You are citizens of the most powerful state in the world. You have a dynamic and highly competent President. You are poised to play a decisive role in world affairs, and in helping the developing countries. I have no doubt that you will live up to expectations. May God bless you and your future endeavors."
As we celebrate World AIDS Day December 1, we are happy to report some good news: the rate of HIV infection is declining! Worldwide, 2.3 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2012, down from 3.4 million in 2001. However, there is still an alarming number of people, 35.3 million, living with HIV.
Developing regions account for the highest rates of infection, with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for over 70 percent of new infections and nearly 25 million of the total number of people living with the virus worldwide. In Uganda, for example, the prevalence of HIV has increased, and it remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the country. Forty-five percent of the two million orphans are HIV/AIDS related. HIV/AIDS is killing farmers, teachers and health workers, and negatively affecting food production, life expectancies and infant mortality rates.
With educational sessions in rural communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and empowers people to overcome the unwarranted stigma around it. As a result, people from rural communities are more confident to undergo voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).
Our partner countries across Africa have made a firm commitment to prevent and put an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, in 2003 The Hunger Project launched HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS. To date, more than 1.1 million people have attended these workshops.
Women in Malawi are empowered to take control of their sexual and reproductive health with the distribution of female condoms at epicenter health centers.
In the Southern region of Ethiopia, around Enemore, Mekan and Wurib Epicenters, the decision of the communities to do pre-marriage HIV/AIDS tests by prospective spouses has reportedly made a significant contribution in controlling the spread of the virus. THP-Ethiopia also assists the health center within the epicenters to conduct VCTs and other HIV/AIDS activities.
In Uganda, The Hunger Project trains specialized volunteer “HIV Animators” in each epicenter who conduct workshops that engage both women and men in learning about facts of HIV/AIDS and the role of gender inequality in fueling the pandemic.
THP-Ghana has been implementing a Gender Inequality and HIV/AIDS project. The major focus has been on awareness creation to change socio-cultural practices and the negative perceptions that promote the spread of the disease. The project includes three major thematic areas: prevention and behavior Change, abstinence and protection (condom use). A series of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) exercises have also been organized under the “Know Your Status” campaign.
In Malawi, a special Microfinance Program aims specifically at empowering often ostracized HIV-positive partners. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, THP acts differently. THP believes that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives. With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives.
- Reducing Stigma of HIV in Uganda
- HIV/AIDS and Gender
- Blog:The Importance of Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Issues: HIV/AIDS and Other Diseases
The retail sector has benefited for years from coordinating national shopping days around the holidays. Everyone knows “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.” But this year, for the second year in a row, something unique will take place on December 3, 2013: #GivingTuesday.