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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.
Hunger Project programs operate in rural and oftentimes isolated communities. Monitoring our work and collecting high quality, accurate information about our on-the-ground activities requires substantial resources and time.
To make this process more efficient, we have transitioned from paper-based systems to mobile-based data collection in some of our program areas.
One of The Hunger Project’s guiding principles is that we implement a holistic approach. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including decent work, health, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Only in solving these together will any of them be solved on a sustainable basis. Protecting and restoring our natural environment is fundamental to ending hunger and poverty.
In Bangladesh, trained leaders, called "animators," and volunteer students lead community reforestation efforts by mobilizing mass-action tree-planting campaigns. Trees reduce soil erosion, provide oxygen to offset carbon dioxide and can be sources of food, energy and income for communities. The objectives of such campaigns are to build awareness among the community members about the benefits of tree plantings and the importance of reforestation and to encourage them to plant trees in their area.
- From January to September 2013, over 650 tree-planting campaigns reached about 70,000 women and men in Bangladesh.
In addition to tree-planting campaigns, Bangladesh animators also lead workshops to transfer skills or foster awareness of improved agricultural practices. Workshop participants learn about composting and vermiculture composting (composting using various worms), organic farming and pest management. These trainings help to make the best use of scarce resources in the community.
- Over 90 trainings on homestead gardening reached more than 1,600 women and more than 580 men from January to September 2013.
The Hunger Project joins millions of people around the world in celebrating Earth Day this April 22.
Protecting and restoring our natural environment is fundamental to ending hunger and poverty. The communities with whom we work are comprised primarily of food farmers and their well-being is most closely tied to the natural environment.
The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso and The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in early March.
This partnership demonstrates the shared commitment of both CILSS and The Hunger Project to addressing food and nutrition security and environmental protection – including the fight against desertification, integrated natural resource management and climate change adaptation – particularly as we work to improve living conditions for vulnerable populations.
The signing of this MoU follows various visits and meetings between the Executive Secretary of CILSS Dr. Djimé Adoum and CILSS staff, The Hunger Project Vice President for Africa Dr. Idrissa Dicko and The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso Country Director Mr. Evariste Yaogho.
CILSS, founded in 1973 following a drought in the Sahel, gathers 13 Member States to invest in research for food security and the fight against the effects of drought and desertification. CILSS aims for a new ecological balance in the Sahel, through mobilizing the population in the area and the international community.
CILSS works primarily on food security and nutrition projects with Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO), West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These projects are governed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Burkina Faso.
The Hunger Project-Senegal’s Partnership for Information Technology
Through our Microfinance Program and Epicenter Strategy in Africa, 28 Rural Banks have graduated to operate as their own independent, community-owned and women-led rural financial institutions.
The ultimate objective of the Microfinance Program in each epicenter is for the facility to gain government recognition and operate as a licensed Rural Bank, owned entirely by community members and managed by a majority female board. The Rural Bank then provides the entire epicenter community with sustainable access to savings and credit facilities.
Thanks to the leadership of The Hunger Project-Senegal’s Microfinance Program Officer, Ms. Khary Cisse, the three Rural Banks in Senegal recently saw a strong evolution in information technology.
The partnership between the Center for Information Treatment (CTI) and The Hunger Project-Senegal’s Rural Banks led to the delivery of the following, all for the use of the Rural Bank managers and cashiers:
- 10 HP laptop computers
- 10 printer/scanners
- 10 internet modems
- 24 SAFT, Amio and STRATEGO software packages
- 24 Money Transfer Support documents
- 7 boxes of rolled receipt paper
The partnership has also facilitated capacity-building workshops at the rural banks which will cover topics such as software and internet use and equipment management for computers, printers and scanners.
This transition to information technology is currently taking place at Coki, Sanar, Dahra and Mpal Epicenters, and will be extended to the other rural banks in Senegal this year.
How is the equipment at these epicenters powered? By using "Amio" software provided by CTI, rural banks can experience the benefit of these innovations without the need for electricity. The laptops from CTI can function without electricity and only need to be charged once a week.
How are the costs of the project covered? Each Rural Bank provides a yearly stipend in accordance with its size and the contract it has signed with CTI-Senegal.
The Développement International Desjardins (DID), the financial partner of CTI, financed the entire investment related to this Information System. The Information System will generate all of the reports required by the Central Bank of West Africa States (BCEAO) both in real time and automatically, to ensure that the reports meet international reporting standards.
A new era is beginning for the Rural Banks of The Hunger Project-Senegal, which can now offer additional services (such as money transfer to villages) and benefit from recognition by international institutions working on microfinance.
The photo above depicts a workshop for Rural Bank managers and CTI trainers.